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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.   © Reuters

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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