China Has Authorized Its Coastguard To Fire On Foreign Vessels In The Disputed Waters Of East China And South China Seas

Chinese Coast Guard ships are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh 

China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coastguard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested waters around China even more volatile. 
China has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several South-East Asian countries in the South China Sea. 
It has sent its coastguard to chase away fishing vessels from other countries, sometimes resulting in the sinking of these vessels. 
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