Selin ATAY-TDO- For the first time in history, China has passed a law giving Coast Guard units permission to shoot down foreign ships they consider "hostile."
Friday, January 22, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, passed the New Coast Guard Act. Under the law, Coast Guard units are allowed to "use all necessary means to prevent threats caused by ships belonging to foreign countries." The law also made it clear which weapons would be used under what conditions. In addition, Coast Guard personnel have been granted the right to conduct inspections on foreign ships in waters claimed by China, and to establish temporary forbidden zones if necessary.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said the law was in line with international practice.
In China, the Coast Guard unit was attached to the people's Armed Police Force in 2018 and was made part of the military force.