China has passed a new law aimed at increasing the power of its maritime safety authorities, raising fears that tensions between Beijing and other Asian countries, including Japan, have could be escalated in the Indo-Pacific region, according to WioNews.
The latest amendment was adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s leading legislative body, on April 29. It is expected to take effect on September 1, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The act would allow China’s maritime safety agency, under the Ministry of Transport, to order foreign ships to leave an area that Beijing claims to be their territorial sea if they believe they have. may threaten security. The agency can also block foreign ships from encroaching on territorial waters if they are not in the case of innocent passage under international law, The Japan Times reported.
China has territorial claims that conflict with four of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan in the South China Sea and Japan in the Sea. East Flower.
In February, China also enforced a controversial law that allows its coastguard to use weapons when foreign ships engage in illegal activities in waters they claim. sovereignty, and when foreign ships do not obey their orders.
Recently, Mr. Xi Jinping has adopted a tough stance in the East China Sea and East Sea as part of his goal of turning the country into a ‘maritime power’.