Todd Crowell on China-Japan hostility

Todd Crowell has written a fascinating new article on the tense situation between China and Japan. “China and Japan are redefining the nature and purpose of the Coast Guard. Americans still think in terms of air-sea rescue or chasing drug smugglers when they think about their Coast Guard. China and Japan think about their Coast Guards in terms of realpolitik. The two nominally civilian services are on the front lines of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. Both countries are adding to their coast guard fleets at a breakneck pace. One could almost call it a Coast Guard arms race, except that the vessels are lightly armed if armed at all.”

A Coast Guard Arms Race

Todd’s Kindle Single on this subject, The Coming War, was recently published by Thistle Books.