Chinese Navy ships could ‘possibly’ circle Taiwan

The China Post
Date: December 15, 2016

TAIPEI — Following reports of Chinese military aircraft flying close to Taiwan airspace, questions as to whether Chinese Navy ships could follow suit in Taiwan’s maritime zones were answered by Taiwan’s coast guard head on Wednesday as “possible.”

“There is that possibility,” said Coast Guard Administration (CGA) Minister Lee Chung-wei in answer to a question from Legislator Chen Yi-hsieh of the opposition People First Party about such speculation at a hearing of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Chen further asked what measures the CGA will take in response to a senario that Chinese naval vessels enter waters within 12 nautical miles of Taiwan’s maritime territory, to which Lee replied that the CGA is in charge of public security in this area and if a hostile situation actually arises, relevant mission adjustments will be made.

In a wartime scenario, the CGA will be under the command of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and will undertake missions given by the MND, Lee said.    [FULL  STORY]

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