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However you can argue that in the PRC's case that in effect the PLAN is involved in ratcheting up the tension between the PRC and other SCS claimant nations, because the PRC Coast Guard and People’s Maritime Militia are part of the PLAN & PLA. That's part of the official PRC / CCP organisational structure.@OPSSG I do see that using Navy in SCS will only bring more diplomatic points for PRC. That's why I always put importance for Bakamla development in Indonesia Navy Thread, as to play diplomatic games in SCS should be between coast guard to coast guard.
I believe this is begin to be seen also by all SCS neighboring nation, as such development of Coast Guards shown significant increase.
This incidence shown China play two faces diplomacy. They send the Defense Minister and soon after that they raise tensions again with coast guard. However in sense they can say, it is not military as we keep it on 'civilian' agency dispute.
Off course everyone knows that Chinese Coast Guard I'd a quasy military service. All coast guard are. However it's in diplomatic language to keep military from SCS dispute by PRC. Thus they don't want to be seen Internationally as the one who bring the tension toward military confrontation.
I do agree on more cooperation between Asean Navy, just like the way Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia Navies do in Malaca Strait is important. The trilateral co-op manage to say no to Indian Navy involvement in Malaca Strait security arrangements.
Still on SCS, I tend to see at this moment for Coast Guards cooperation and trust building. All the Navies should stay behind, as I see that PRC also keep PLAN farther behind from their nine-dash line.