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Is it really possible? I doubt it.

China Daily's report:

China should set up a coast guard to cope with the "increasingly challenging" maritime disputeswith neighboring countries, a top political adviser said on Monday.

At the annual two sessions, Luo Yuan, a member of the Chinese People's Political ConsultativeConference National Committee and researcher with the Academy of Military Science, said acoast guard should be established in part from some of the existing agencies whoseresponsibilities include enforcing law in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

Currently, at least six ministries are involved in maritime affairs - including Ministry of PublicSecurity, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Land and Resources - as well as localgovernments.

Their duties cover such matters as maritime security, maritime pollution, maritime anti-smugglingand maritime disaster rescue.

Luo, an outspoken senior military figure in China, made the remarks against the background ofdisputes between China and several of its neighbors intensifying in recent years over. These have intensified disputes regarding claims to territory of some islands and demarcation of somewaters in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei dispute China's sovereignty over some islandsand waters in the South China Sea, and Japan claims China's Diaoyu Islands as its own.

Cases have recently been reported of Chinese fishing vessels that in Chinese waters beingexpelled or their captains being arrested by foreign countries, yet the ships of China's fisheryadministration are not equipped to quickly and efficiently react to such emergencies.

The US, Japan and Russia all have their coast guard.

Luo also suggested setting up a South China Sea special administrative region, with prefecturesand counties for China's Nansha, Xisha and Zhongsha islands.

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