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Global teamwork vital in addressing aggressive China Coast Guard law

New legislation aims to legitimize actions not permitted under international law

A view of the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims and calls the Diaoyu Islands.    © Reuters

China has enacted a new law that spells out the operational authority of the China Coast Guard in the country's surrounding waters. If a foreign ship in China's territorial waters does not follow the coast guard's orders, authorities are now permitted to use weapons. With this new law in place, governments in Asia and beyond must be vigilant about the risk of unforeseen contingencies occurring around the Senkaku Islands -- which China claims and calls the Diaoyu -- and in the South China Sea.

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