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China's South China Sea strategy takes a hit as the US Navy threatens to get tough on Beijing's sea forces

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The US Navy has reportedly warned China that it could treat the Chinese coast guard and the paramilitary fishing fleet known as the maritime militia the same as the Chinese navy — as combatants.

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, "made it very clear" to his Chinese counterpart in January that "that the US Navy will not be coerced," the Financial Times reported, citing an interview with the Navy's top admiral. https://www.thisisinsider.com/us-navy-tough-on-china-paramilitary-fishing-fleet-gray-zone-tactics-2019-4

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