US Coast Guard expanding operations in Western Pacific

Adm Karl Schultz

The U.S. Coast Guard will expand its permanent presence in the Western Pacific to ward off any possible Chinese incursion and curb illegal activities within the region, USCG Commandant Admiral Karl L. Schultz said.

“I think I would say being here in the region, in Guam, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, had a meeting here in the recent day or so with the U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia –there are clear indicators that the Chinese are operating in the region,” Schultz said in a teleconference with Asia Pacific media on Wednesday.

Schultz said “additional presence” of Chinese forces have been detected in Yap. “I think that is a factual finding, and again, the Coast Guard," he added, "we are a domestic-based organization with global reach and global capabilities, but there’s a capacity limit in that.”