U.S. Seeks to Expand China Navy Code to Coast Guard, Swift Says

A China Coast Guard ship (top) blocks a Philippine boat from reaching a reef in South China Sea claimed by both countries in 2014.

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The U.S. is seeking to expand the use of protocols agreed with China to avoid flare-ups during unexpected naval encounters to include Chinese coast guard vessels, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said.

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