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US Coast Guard Will Increase Presence in Pacific to Contain Threat of China Fishing Fleets

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - US national security adviser said the US Coast Guard (USCG) was basing Enhanced Response Cutters in the western Pacific for maritime security missions, citing illegal fishing and harassment of IUU (Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated) fishing vessels by China.

In a statement, Mr Robert O'Brien also said the Coast Guard planned to evaluate next fiscal year the feasibility of basing Fast Response Cutters in American Samoa in the South Pacific.

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