Sea rules ‘consistent with universal practices’ – China

Pia Lee-Brago - The Philippine Star
Sea rules �consistent with universal practices� � China
Members of the Chinese Coast Guard (CGG) were seen roving around the Rozul Reef in Palawan as they patrol the area on April 21, 2024.
STAR / Ryan Baldemor

MANILA, Philippines — China defended yesterday its new maritime “regulation” that empowers its coast guard to use deadly force against foreign vessels that refuse to leave waters Beijing considers as part of its territory, saying this is “consistent with universal practices.”

The Chinese foreign ministry said the regulations standardize the administrative law enforcement procedures to better uphold order at sea.

China claimed a supply vessel and two speed boats of the Philippines “intruded” into Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea in an attempt to send materials, including construction materials, “without permission” from the Chinese government.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Lin Jian said at a press conference the CCG “took necessary control measures to stop the Philippine vessels in accordance with the law.”

“The maneuvers at the scene were professional, restrained, justified and lawful,” Lin added.

National Security Adviser Eduardo Año said there is no need for the Philippines to get China’s approval for any activities in Ayungin Shoal, as he called Beijing’s instruction “absurd, nonsense and unacceptable.”

The official’s statement came after China announced it would no longer block deliveries of food and other provisions to Philippines military outpost on BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal if Manila gives advance notice.

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