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China to place coast guard under military control

Reshuffle alarms Japan amid Chinese activities near Okinawa islands

Oversight of the Chinese coast guard will shift from civilian authorities to the Central Military Commission. (Courtesy of Japan Coast Guard)   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- China's coast guard will come under the jurisdiction of the central military authority this year, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday, blurring the line between maritime policing and naval activity.

The move will allow the coast guard to closely collaborate with the Chinese military as it steps up activities in the East China Sea, raising alarm in the Japanese government.

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