Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. has “fired” a diplomatic protest over China’s new law allowing the Chinese Coast Guard to fire on foreign vessels “when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed”.
“After reflection I fired a diplomatic protest. While enacting law is a sovereign prerogative, this one—given the area involved or for that matter the open South China Sea—is a verbal threat of war to any country that defies the law; which, if unchallenged, is submission to it,” Secretary Locsin said in a Twitter post January 27.
On January 25, Locsin said “it’s none of our business; it is China’s business what laws it passes; so please a little self-restraint. I devised a visa rubber stamp that stamps most of the South China Sea and parts of North Borneo as our national territory and no one has complained. I forgot to include Guam.”