Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed SCS

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  1. Sridhar

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    (Reuters) - Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which enter into what China considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Thursday, a move likely to add to tensions.

    The South China Sea is Asia's biggest potential military trouble spot with several Asian countries claiming sovereignty.

    New rules, which come into effect on January 1, will allow Hainan police to board and seize control of foreign ships which "illegally enter" Chinese waters and order them to change course or stop sailing, the official China Daily reported.

    "Activities such as entering the island province's waters without permission, damaging coastal defense facilities and engaging in publicity that threatens national security are illegal," the English-language newspaper said.

    "If foreign ships or crew members violate regulations, Hainan police have the right to take over the ships or their communication systems, under the revised regulations," it added.

    The Philippines, which also has claims to parts of the South China Sea, said the move could violate international maritime laws allowing the right of passage and accused Beijing of trying to escalate tension in the area.

    "That cannot be. That's a violation of the international passage (rights)," Marine Lieutenant-General Juancho Sabban, commander of military forces in the western Philippines, which covers the contested area.

    "That's too much. While we are exerting all peaceful means, that is what they are doing."

    Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for the Philippines' foreign ministry, was more circumspect, saying the government was still checking the reports.

    "If it is true, it will pose a concern to the Philippines and the international community," he added.

    China's assertion of sovereignty over the stretch of water off its south coast and to the east of mainland Southeast Asia has set it directly against Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to parts.

    China occasionally detains fishermen, mostly from Vietnam, whom it accuses of operating illegally in Chinese waters, though generally frees them quite quickly.

    Hainan, which likes to style itself as China's answer to Hawaii or Bali with its resorts and beaches, is the province responsible for administering the country's extensive claims to the myriad islets and atolls in the South China Sea.

    The newspaper said that the government will also send new maritime surveillance ships to join the fleet responsible for patrolling the South China Sea, believed to be rich in oil and gas and straddling shipping lanes between East Asia and Europe and the Middle East.

    The stakes have risen in the area as the U.S. military shifts its attention and resources back to Asia, emboldening its long-time ally the Philippines and former foe Vietnam to take a tougher stance against Beijing.

    China has further angered the Philippines and Vietnam by issuing new passports showing a map depicting China's claims to the disputed waters.

    Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed seas | Reuters
     
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    China gives police more sea rights: state media

    BEIJING — China has granted its border patrol police the right to board and expel foreign ships entering disputed waters in the South China Sea, state media reported Thursday.

    The move comes after Beijing issued new passports containing a map showing its claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea, infuriating its neighbours. Vietnam and the Philippines are refusing to stamp the documents.

    The Global Times quoted Li Zhaojie, a professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University, as saying the regulation could lead to stricter enforcement of Beijing's right to expel ships entering its territory illegally.

    Li said these rights were granted by a UN convention.

    "In the past, when foreign ships broke the UN convention, the best thing our patrol could do was chase them out of China's waters. The new regulation will change that, and give the patrol force the legal means to actually do its job."

    AFP: China gives police more sea rights: state media
     
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    Will PN henceforth escort ships flying the Philippines flag? What other response would be effective?
     
  5. LETHALFORCE

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    Other countries should start doing the same to chinese ships better of do not
    let the ships into their waters and destroy the chinese economy.
     
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    All you see is a Sino-US stand off, calm down.
     
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    Chinese showinh their true color(red).
     
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    Name a country who can destory the Chinese economy.
     
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    USA or Japan can both destroy chinese economy but it is upto the smaller countries
    to block China from their waters.
     
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    Far from it, "When big country is in rage, your oar will float in your blood and the whole world will be in funeral"
    you call this true color? you seemed have not seen the true color or any color. heheh.
     
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    haha, let them do it then, Japs? you kidding me right? US, if it does it, it commits suicide.
     
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    US controls the trade with China you guys are nothing but slaves.
     
  13. badguy2000

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    block sealane is war,far beyond "economy containment"
     
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    You are doing it to other countries why can't they do the same?
     
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    yeah, to a degree you are right, sad reality for China, but without slaves, slave master also dies.
    Simple fact, China and US 'e economy are so interwined that the US proposed a G2s to fool China up, they won't kill eachother by killing one of eachother.

    This, is something you cannot understand.
     
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    What is there to understand China is not USA and not in the same league as USA.
     
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    That is your perspective, other countries behaved until 1974 when south china sea oil field was discovered.
    This other country even want to join in China in the 18 centuries but was turned down.

    South China Sea issue is a Sino-US issue by nature, you Indian should keep a distance from it.
    Other monkey countries are nothing but hunting hounds. Jungle Law 101, hope you get the sense.
     
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    there is nothing to be understood, China is not in the same league of USA for sure, but CHINA and USA are depending on eachother's ecomonies, none of them dare to hurt their milk cow.
     
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    well,that is a police action supported by PLAN,instead of military action ...

    Phlips did so with CHinese fishmen in disputed area long time ago. but this time they skewed themselves ,because Chinese decided to counter it,by doing so with philips fishermen ,supported by PLAN...


    the only difference is that CHina keep silent while Phlips arrested Chinese fishers in disputed area .however Phlips cry like a baby while CHinese police is to arrest phlips fishermen
     
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    Being allied with USA and Japan has made India involved, but until China proves
    itself by going to war with the little monkey countries you guys are a barking dog
    with no bite.
     
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    This is good in fact China should do this with more countries. China needs to
    prove itself.
     

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