China drafts law to expand coastguard’s powers over islands and foreign vessels

Liu Zhen

China has drafted a coastguard law that authorises its maritime law enforcers to demolish foreign constructions on Chinese-claimed reefs and allows the use of weapons against foreign ships.

Chinese Coast Guard vessel, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Chinese coastguard will also have the right to board, search, detain and expel foreign vessels, and arrest individuals suspected of seriously violating Chinese laws in the waters under Chinese jurisdiction, it stipulated.


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