South China Sea
Philippines protests China's quasi-militarization of coast guard
In a reverse, Manila's top diplomat calls new legislation 'a threat of war'
The disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017. The China Coast Guard routinely warns and chases ships and fishing boats in disputed waters.
MANILA -- The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest against a new Chinese law allowing its coast guard to use weapons on foreign vessels, calling it a "threat of war."
"After reflection I fired a diplomatic protest," Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet on Wednesday.
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