Beijing: In the near future, the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Coast Guard will take direct action against foreign ships that threaten the East and the South China Sea waters. China’s Communist regime has passed a law to that effect and ordered the Coast Guard accordingly. The law is claimed to be a warning to the countries using the region. Just a few hours ago, Japan had criticized China’s bullying in the South China Sea. Japan had also called on new US President Joe Biden to cooperate against China.
A few hours ago, a session of the Chinese National People’s Congress was held. A special law for the Chinese Coast Guard was approved. Accordingly, the Chinese Coast Guard has been allowed to use weapons against foreign ships. The Chinese law thereby instructs that ‘Weapons are to be used against a foreign organization or individual if they threaten China’s sovereignty, sovereign rights or maritime territory in the East and the South China Sea.’ A Chinese government mouthpiece has reported the story.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said that it was nothing out of the ordinary; the Coast Guard had been given the authority to protect China’s sovereignty. At the same time, Chunying also claimed that the Senkaku Islands, which is administered by Japan, are part of its territory. Military analysts affiliated with the Chinese state-run media also justified the Chinese regime’s laws by saying that there were no special rules in international law on maritime security. Simultaneously, an analyst has suggested that the Chinese Coast Guard conduct regular patrols near the Senkaku Islands.
A few hours ago, a meeting was convened between the United States and Japan’s national security advisers. During the visit, Japan’s National Security Adviser Shigeru Kitamura raised the issue of China’s aggression in the East and the South China Sea. Also, Kitamura called on Biden’s new administration to cooperate on maritime security between the United States and Japan. Furthermore, the United States had also sent warships to the area. While supporting the Communist regime’s decision, the Chinese spokesman cited both the incidents.
Meanwhile, a US think tank has claimed that China, which authorizes the Coast Guard to take military action, has made significant moves to increase its influence in the South China Sea. China has developed a large submarine base at the Hainan port to control maritime developments in the Paracel and Spratly islands. The think tank had even released satellite images of the Chinese port. The think tank went on to warn that the naval base would resultantly increase China’s dominance in the South China Sea.