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South China Sea: US Issues Stern Message Over Beijing Shooting Law as War Fears Skyrocket

Daily Express - THE US has issued stern words in response to a new law introduced by Beijing allowing coastguards to shoot at foreign vessels in the South China Sea.

America’s state department said it was worried the law could be used to “intimidate the PRC’s maritime neighbors”. Last month, China passed the Coast Guard Law which empowers forces to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea”.

China has claimed a large part of the South China Sea as its own which has triggered territorial disputes.

The eastern superpower has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea.

On Friday Ned Price, US state department spokesperson, said: “The US joins the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and other countries in expressing concern with China’s recently enacted coast guard law....READ MORE

The Daily Express is a daily national middle-market tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. Published in London, it is the flagship of Express Newspapers, owned by publisher Reach plc. It was first published as a broadsheet in 1900 by Sir Arthur Pearson. Its sister paper, the Sunday Express, was launched in 1918.



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