The United States has chided Beijing for its recently-enacted law allowing its Coast Guard to open fire on foreign ships operating in its “territorial waters” in the South China Sea.
The US State Department said the new law could spark unintended conflict in the contested area shere Chinese coast guard ships conduct frequent patrols to fend off interlopers.
The US criticized the said law which is being used by China, one of the world’s Top 3 superpowers, to enforce its sweeping claims in the resource-rich SCS.
China is laying claim to some 90 percent of the SCS, which the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia are protesting.
Western nations such as the US, UK, France and Germany are contesting China’s low-level aggression by conducting frequent freedom-of-navigation missions, simply to show that the SCS isn’t owned by one country.