The USGC has been expanding its deployments and joint exercises in the Indo-Pacific to discourage China’s recent growth in the area. They have joined forces with training affiliates in order to assure the “grey zones” safety. These new changes come as a response to China’s endeavors to control the waters by deploying a “white fleet” from the China Coast Guard, alleging it is only for civilian law application. Washington has publicly cautioned that this new hostility will not be tolerated, and Chinas recent moves could conflict with their mutual defense treaty with the Philippines.
November 16, 2019