"Every year, between May and August, when fishing activities are in recess, we should train these fishermen/militiamen to gain skills in fishing, production and military operations, making them a reserve force on the sea, and using them to solve our South [China] Sea problems,"
By making fishermen a maritime militia force, Mr. He argues, "we can make the PLA Navy our rear echelon for now but not the forward echelon in the South China Sea. This will alleviate our nation’s burden, because if we put the PLA Navy at the front line now, we fall right into the trap set up by the U.S. government."