It is reported that China is adjusting its 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law and now allowing maritime authorities to stop foreign ships from entering Chinese territorial waters.
Ultimately, the revision will give China the ability to assess its own traffic safety precautions. If it is decided that a ship may pose a threat to the safety of Chinese waters, authorities will be able to ban the ship, indefinitely.
People’s Daily Online reports that Wang Xiaopeng, a maritime border expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said, “As a sovereign State and the biggest coastal State in, for example, the South China Sea, China is entitled to adjust its maritime laws as needed, which will also promote peace and stable development in the waters.”
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A professor at the School of Law at Sichuan University, Yang Cuibai, agreed, stating, “The revisions will strengthen China’s management over territorial waters in a new era when the country’s communication and trade with foreign countries in the waters have sharply increased.”
The revisions state that foreign ships and submersibles must display their country’s flag, as well as check in with Chinese maritime management administrations, to get approval for being in the territory. If they do not comply with these regulations, they will be fined $43,706 – $72,844. In addition, anyone who breaks Chinese laws will be expelled.
“China’s waters are open to foreign ships as long as they do not damage the waters’ safety, order, or China’s sovereignty,” Cuibai said.
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