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China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

23/1/2021 12:01:00 PM

China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

BookmarkBEIJING: China has authorised its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals.The Coast Guard Law passed on Friday (Jan 23) empowers the force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organisations or individuals at sea".

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AdvertisementAdvertisementThe law also authorises the coast guard to demolish other countries’ structures built on reefs and islands claimed by China and to seize or order foreign vessels illegally entering China’s territorial waters to leave.China's coast guard is the most powerful force of its kind in the region and is already active in the vicinity of uninhabited East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing, as well as in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety.

Those activities have brought the coast guard into frequent contact with air and sea forces from Japan, its chief ally the US, and other claimants to territory in the South China Sea, including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.AdvertisementAdvertisement headtopics.com

Both water bodies are considered potential flashpoints and the law's passage may be a signal that China is preparing to up the stakes over what it considers its key national interests.Controlling them is a strategic imperative if China wishes to displace the US as the dominant military power in East Asia, while the resources they contain, including fish stocks and undersea deposits of oil and natural gas, may be key to maintaining China’s continued economic development.

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Wonderful news Can't wait for one of the Chinese coast guard vessels to get sunk Again CCP is acting like a gangster! CCP is now spreading peace after the successful launch of Wuhan Virus a year before. I hope that means other nations' coastguards can do it against illegal chinese fishing vessels too. Thats going to go well