The Philippines sends a note protesting China’s customs laws

illume - Philippines Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. January 27 said the country sent a note protesting against China for passing a law allowing the Coast Guard to open fire on foreign ships.

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“After reviewing, I submitted a protest note,” Mr. Locsin announced on the official Twitter page, according to CNN.

“Although enactment is the right of every nation, the passage of this law – considering the relevant area or in this regard the open South China Sea area – is a threat of war to any country that does not comply “, the diplomat of The Philippines added.

The Philippines sends a note protesting China's customs laws
Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. Photo: PCOO.

This is a clear change of opinion from what he said on Twitter two days ago.

“Which law is passed is not our business but Chinese business, so please exercise a little restraint,” he said at the time.

According to the Chinese military news site, the Customs Law “empowers the Chinese coast guard to take action, including the use of weapons, where national sovereignty, sovereignty or jurisdiction is being infringed illegally or threatened by foreign organizations or individuals at sea “.

The law was passed on January 22 and took effect from February 1.

The above page quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hoa Xuan Oanh as referring to the dispute between China and Japan in the Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The new Chinese law is considered to be the source of the possible conflict between the claimants in this maritime area.