Addressing the escalating tensions in the Indo-pacific region between Beijing and other Asian countries, Japan being one of them, China has introduced new legislation to strengthen the impudence of the maritime safety authority. China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress, has passed the latest revision on 29th April that is set to come into force by 1st September, reported Japan Times.
The transportation ministry operated China’s maritime safety agency now has the power to order the overseas vessels to move out of Beijing’s territorial waters if it proves to be a threat or breaches any security code. They can also block foreign vessels from intruding if they don’t ratify the innocent passage under international laws, claims Japan Times. Having conflicting territories with 4 of the 10 ASEAN members – Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, these changes were the need of the hour. Claiming the Tokyo administrated East China sea’s Senkaku Island as a part of their territory, China also makes it clear that this amendment allows them to target the Japanese vessels navigating around such uninhabited islets (‘Diaoyu’).
Sino-Japanese became fragile over maritime security when China enforced a controversial law in February, stating to use weapons on foreign ships involved in illegal activities by the coast guards. This law was made to follow the hard-line posture adopted by Xi-Jinping in South and East China, making a part of the communist-lead country a ‘maritime power’ come true, reports Japan Times. Interpreting the Japan-US security treaty – an agreement between Washington and Japan claiming the islets to fall under their scope of territory, China has frequently sent official vessels to summon the Senkakus. April witnessed a summit between Joe Biden (PM, US) and Yoshihide Suga (PM, Japan), affirming the significance of peace and stability across Taiwan state irritating the Chinese government. Soon after the summit, CFM manipulated a senior Japanese embassy official to protest against the US-Japan agreement, claim sources.
"China has started to take a tougher attitude toward Japan," the source said, with Beijing announcing that the country is conducting military drills in the East China Sea for two days through Friday, reported the Japan Times.
To claim sovereignty upon the entire maritime area, Beijing is rapidly building artificial islands with military aids over the South China Sea. Meanwhile, US warships to counter Chinese claims are addressing ‘freedom of navigation missions along with the 1/3rd trade passing seas.