The Chinese State Oceanic Administration, which runs marine surveillance, will take over management of the coast guard from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, fisheries patrols from the Ministry of Agriculture and also assume customs’ marine anti-smuggling functions.
Beijing is also at odds with several Southeast Asian countries over islands in the South China Sea.
Goodman called the reforms sensible efforts to better address pressing issues, saying they pointed to the government seeking a “more sophisticated, more effective way of doing things.”
However, the restructuring would only bring about “government efficiency within the limits of what is possible,” he said. “It doesn’t stop people behaving badly.”