CHINA: No need to fear Coast Guard law

Not a threat of war

China said there is nothing to fear about its new Coast Guard law that it describes as a normal domestic legislation.

The law authorizing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels is not a threat of war and does not specifically target any country, the Chinese embassy in Manila said on Monday, February 1.

The embassy said the crafting of the law  is a normal domestic legislative activity of China and its content conforms with international conventions and the practices of the international community.

“Enacting such a coast guard law is not unique to China, but a sovereign right to all. Many countries have enacted similar legislation. It is the Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009 that established the PCG as an armed and uniformed service. None of these laws have been seen as a threat of war,” the embassy said in a statement. It said that the enactment of the law does not indicate any change in China’s maritime policy.

China has always been committed to managing differences with countries, including the Philippines, through dialogue and consultations and upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea., the statement said.

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