New law to boost military security in China-claimed waters – report


MANILA, Philippines — China’s new law that seeks to increase military security in its territorial waters will take effect next month to respond to the reported “inadvertent intrusions” into restricted areas.

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress has enacted the Law of People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Military Installations, which is expected to be implemented on August 1.

The SCMP said the new law is a revision of a 1990 legislation of the same name which had failed to include in its statutes the protection of military restricted waters, airports and radio channels.

It also reported that according to the official newspaper of the Chinese military, there have been more “innocuous breaches” to secured zones, such as fishermen sailing into restricted waters.


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