Philippines president says new China coast guard rules ‘worrisome’

By Thomson Reuters May 29, 2024 | 12:24 AM

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Wednesday new rules outlined by China’s coast guard that could result in the detention of foreigners in the South China Sea were an “escalation” and “worrisome”.

China, which has maritime sovereignty disputes with the Philippines and other claimant countries in the South China Sea, has issued new rules that would enforce a 2021 law explicitly allowing its Coast Guard to fire upon foreign vessels.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)