Foreign vessels entering what Beijing considers its “territorial waters” must report to China under maritime rules designed to bolster the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) claims to the disputed waters, including the South China Sea.
The CCP has long claimed the vast bulk of the resource-rich waterway, causing friction with other claimants in the region such as Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
According to CCP’s Maritime Safety Administration, vessels of foreign nationality entering China’s appropriated territorial seas must submit ship and cargo information to China’s maritime authorities under new regulations that go into effect on Wednesday, Sept. 1, South China Morning Post reported.
Submersibles, nuclear vessels, ships carrying radioactive materials, ships carrying bulk oil, chemicals, liquefied gas, and other toxic and harmful substances, as well as other vessels considered a threat to the country’s maritime traffic safety, were all subject to the reporting requirements, according to a notice issued by the administration last Friday, Aug. 27.
The notification from the regime included additional information on the reporting channel and requirements, such as the foreign ship’s name, call sign, position, and any dangerous commodities on board.
According to the statement, the CCP’s marine administration will enforce appropriate laws, regulations, rules, and provisions if the vessel failed to report as needed.
The CCP has also increased its military presence in the disputed territory, according to the OAN.
“Now, the Air Force conducts patrols in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. It carries out missions in the West Pacific and conducts island patrols,” stated Shen Jinke, Spokemans for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force. “… The officers and soldiers of the PLA Air Force will firmly safeguard China’s air security and national development interests.”
In July, the CCP’s military said it “drove away” a U.S. destroyer that illegally entered Chinese territorial seas near the Paracel Islands, also known as the Xisha Islands in China and the Hoang Sa Islands in Vietnam.
The entry was made without the agreement of the CCP, according to the People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theatre Command, and it significantly infringed China’s sovereignty and damaged the South China Sea’s stability.