ON BOARD THE TAIWAN COAST GUARD SHIP PP-10062 in the East China Sea – Taiwanese Coast Guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the front line of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan. China’s weapon? Sand.
On a chilly morning in late January, Lin, clad in an orange uniform, stood on the rolling deck of his boat as it patrolled in choppy waters off the Taiwan-run Matsu Islands. A few kilometers away, the Chinese coast was faintly visible from Lin’s boat. He was on the lookout for Chinese sand-dredging ships encroaching on waters controlled by Taiwan.
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