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China fires opening salvo at Biden, making coast guard quasi-military

New law seen as warning to Japan and US over Senkakus

This Chinese coast guard ship is equipped with weapons believed to be 76-millimeter guns.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Two days into the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, China enacted legislation Friday explicitly granting broad powers to the country's coast guard and confirming the force's quasi-military status.

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