US wary China’s new coast guard law could escalate sea disputes

Article Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/20/us-wary-chinas-new-coast-guard-law-could-escalate-sea

State Department says language in the law could be used by Beijing to intimidate its neighbours in the region amid South China Sea tension. The United States is concerned about China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the US State Department said on Friday. China, which has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea, passed a law last month that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.