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USG voices apprehension about China’s coast guard law 

  • February 21, 2021
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Sunday’s Mainichi and Sankei took up press remarks made on Friday by State Department spokesperson Price on China’s new coast guard law. He criticized the statute for its language “expressly tying the potential use of force, including armed force” to the enforcement of China’s claims in territorial and maritime disputes. The official emphasized that since the wording also strongly implies that the law could be used to intimidate China’s neighbors, Washington “stands firm” in its alliance commitments to both Japan and the Philippines. 

 

In a related development,  all national Sunday dailies wrote that two China Coast Guard (CCG) cutters intruded into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkakus for two hours on Saturday. MOFA reportedly filed a protest with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo. Two CCG patrol boats reportedly violated the territorial waters again yesterday while apparently  chasing a Japanese trawler.  

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