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US warns: China’s ‘unacceptable’ coast guard legislation might escalate maritime disputes

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Bella Perez-Rubio (Philstar.com) – February 20, 2021 – 2:39pm

MANILA, Philippines — The US on Saturday scored China for passing a brand new legislation that permits its coast guard to fireside on international vessels, accusing it of placing “unacceptable strain” on international locations with claims within the South China Sea.

“[T]he United States joins the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and different international locations in expressing concern with China’s not too long ago enacted Coast Guard legislation, which can escalate ongoing territorial and maritime disputes,” US Division of State spokesperson Ned Value stated in an audio press briefing with reporters.

“We’re particularly involved by language within the legislation that expressly ties the potential use of drive, together with armed drive by the China Coast Guard, to the enforcement of China’s claims in ongoing territorial and maritime disputes within the East and South China Seas.”

Value added that language within the legislation “strongly implies” that China would possibly use it “to intimidate the [its] maritime neighbors,” in an effort to “assert its illegal maritime claims within the South China Sea.”

Beijing has lengthy refused to acknowledge the arbitral ruling that junked its claims over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, the a part of the South China Sea inside the Philippines’ unique financial zone.

“Our place on the [China’s] maritime claims stays aligned with the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal’s discovering that China has no lawful declare in areas it discovered to be within the Philippines unique financial zone or continental shelf,” he stated.

“We stand agency in our respective alliance commitments to Japan and the Philippines.”

In response to China’s controversial new legislation, the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest and has stated that it’ll improve its naval visibility within the contested waters to guard Filipino fisherfolk.

“We remind [China] and all…whose forces function within the South China Sea that accountable maritime forces act with professionalism and restraint within the train of their authorities,” Value stated.

Regardless of the considerations raised by its neighbors and the US, China has continued to claim its unfounded claims within the South China Sea, most not too long ago putting in constructions on the Philippine-claimed Mischief or Panganiban Reef as seen in satellite tv for pc photos launched by US-based agency Simularity.

READ: Photos show more Chinese construction, new radars on Mischief Reef

The regional superpower insists that its new legislation shouldn’t be a risk of battle and doesn’t “particularly goal any sure nation.”

As It Occurs


LATEST UPDATE: February 10, 2021 – 9:02am

A thread of main developments within the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the US from January to December 2021. (Presidential picture/Joey Dalumpines and AFP/Angela Weiss)


February 10, 2021 – 9:02am

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin affirms Washington’s dedication to the US-Philippines alliance in an introductory telephone name with Protection Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The US Division of Protection, often known as the Pentagon, says Austin highlighted the worth of Visiting Forces Settlement between the 2 international locations.

Lorenzana and Austin additionally talked about regional safety challenges, together with the South China Sea, counterterrorism and maritime safety.

 

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