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Philippines President Denounces Chinese Plan to Detain South China Sea “Trespassers”

The China Coast Guard statement that announced CCG vessels operating in the South China Sea would be able to detain "trespassers" who violate China's self-proclaimed boundaries defined by the ten-dash line.

Tensions flared anew this weekend between the Philippines and China over Beijing’s announcement that its coast guard now has the power to detain so-called “trespassers” who traverse its self-declared ten-dash line territorial boundary in the South China Sea.

The China Coast Guard unveiled the new policy last week. It grants it the authority (beginning June 15) to detain foreigners for up to two months for crossing its maritime borders.

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