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Philippine envoy to China: Beijing assured it will not goal Philippines with coast guard regulation

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Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) – February 16, 2021 – 8:30pm

MANILA, Philippines — China has given an assurance that it isn’t concentrating on the Philippines when it adopted a controversial regulation permitting the Chinese language Coast Guard to fireplace on international vessels.

Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana stated Manila has objected to the regulation’s language on using drive and its potential utility in areas which are past China’s territory.

“The Chinese language have reassured us by means of their spokesman, the international ministry spokesman in addition to the Chinese language Embassy that…they aren’t concentrating on the Philippines or any particular nation and that they won’t resort to drive within the first occasion,” Sta. Romana stated at a press briefing Tuesday.

“I need to clarify that by means of the objection, by means of the diplomatic be aware and thru the diplomatic dialogue, the Chinese language have tried to reassure that they may nonetheless train restraint. That is what we’re calling for, that each one claimant nations resort to diplomacy and keep away from using drive,” he added.

Underneath the regulation, the Chinese language coast guard can “take all obligatory measures” to forestall maritime incursions. It additionally permits the boarding and inspection of international ships in waters claimed by China and the destruction international buildings on Beijing-claimed islands and reefs.

The Philippines, one of many 5 claimants disputing China’s intensive declare within the South China Sea, has protested the regulation.

In 2016, a Hague-based arbitral tribunal voided China’s wide-reaching maritime declare within the South China Sea however the Chinese language authorities refused to acknowledge the ruling.

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