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    Vietnam Protests Renewal of China Fishing Ban in South China Sea

    The Vietnamese government on Thursday denounced China’s annual, unilateral fishing ban in the South China Sea, which begins May 1.


    “Vietnam opposes and resolutely rejects China's unilateral decision,” Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesman Doan Khac Viet said at a press conference in Hanoi.


    He said it violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel Islands, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea agreed by the Southeast Asian bloc in 2003. Viet added it “violates the Vietnam-China agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues.”


    The comment came despite Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc telling visiting Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Monday to “not let the hostile forces destroy Sino-Vietnam relations.” He emphasized the need for political and military cooperation.


    The fishing ban, which runs through Sept. 16, is typically opposed by neighboring countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, who reject China’s assertion of its jurisdiction over contested waters.


    China says the ban is aimed at environmental conservation and has has unilaterally enforced it since 1995, mostly targeting its own ships but has gone after foreign fishing boats violating the ban since at least 2002, Chinese government documents show.


    A 2017 study by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a program of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, confirms that foreign fishing boats have on multiple occasions been targeted during the ban by Chinese enforcers in recent years.


    That said, last year the 3˝-month ban passed with relatively few recorded incidents involving non-Chinese boats and fisherman.


    According to a report Tuesday from Chinese state-run press agency Xinhua, the ban covers “the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the waters north of 12 degrees north latitude in the South China Sea.”


    Xinhua described the unilateral ban as “part of China’s efforts to protect marine fishery resources.”

    China’s expansive maritime and territorial claims in the South China Sea often put it at odds with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, who all maintain competing claims. And while overfishing is rife in these waters by vessels of many nations, China is widely viewed as a key source of illegal and unregulated fishing.


    Last year’s ban was met with protests from fishing associations in both Vietnam and the Philippines.


    Xinhua reported that this year the China Coast Guard will play a central role in enforcing the ban, noting that the CCG will work closely with other agencies to strengthen joint operations, communications, and intelligence-sharing.


    The authorities will use patrols, surveillance technology, and other means to enforce the ban, Xinhua said.


    This will be China’s first fishing ban since passing its new Coast Guard Law, which granted the CCG more freedom to use force in the defense of China’s maritime claims and attracted criticism from other regional governments.


    In a written testimony submitted Thursday to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, German Marshall Fund Asia Program Director Bonnie Glaser explained that “China has advanced its vast territorial claims in the contested waters through a variety of gray zone tactics,” including the use of “non-military assets such as coast guard vessels and maritime militia.”


    “Chinese fishing and coast guard vessels have also operated without permission in the EEZs of Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, and Indonesia,” Glaser said.


    The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea defines an EEZ, or exclusive economic zone, as an area generally extending 200 nautical miles from shore, within which coastal countries retain special rights to exploration and use of marine resources, even though it is international territory.


    Glaser added that in 2020, the CCG “not only maintained a persistent presence at Second Thomas Shoal, Luconia Shoals and Scarborough Shoal, but even increased the frequency of patrols during the pandemic.” She was referring to disputed features in the South China Sea where China has been involved in past standoffs with the Philippines and Malaysia.


    Vietnam Protests Renewal of China’s Fishing Ban in South China Sea — BenarNews

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    Chinky bastards at at it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The fishing ban, which runs through Sept. 16, is typically opposed by neighboring countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, who reject China’s assertion of its jurisdiction over contested waters.


    China says the ban is aimed at environmental conservation and has has unilaterally enforced it since 1995, mostly targeting its own ships but ha
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Vietnam and the Philippines bastards at at it again.
    FIFY.

    Only the Chinese are concerned about sustainable fish stocks it appears.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Only the Chinese are concerned about sustainable fish stocks it appears.
    No. China think that they alone can decide when and for how long other countries can't fish in the China Sea, the other countries can of course not accept that China declares governance over waters which doesn't belong to China.

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    Somebody has to try and help those that cannot speak, democratically or otherwise.

    One suspects more importantly, that the fish don't respect any arbitrary boundaries/"RULES". Imposed by the air breathing mammals.

    Their "fish eat fish world" has its own set of arbitrary boundaries/"RULES"

    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing's ban on fishing in South China Sea


    The Philippines has rejected an annual summer fishing ban imposed by China in the disputed South China Sea and encouraged its boats to keep fishing in the country's territorial waters.


    The fishing moratorium imposed by China since 1999 runs from May 1 to Aug. 16 and covers areas of the South China Sea as well as other waters off China.


    "This fishing ban does not apply to our fishermen," the Philippines' South China Sea taskforce said in a statement late on Tuesday.


    The taskforce opposed China's imposition of the ban over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines, adding "our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea)"


    The Chinese embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    Manila, which refers to area as the West Philippine Sea, has for years been embroiled in a dispute over Beijing's sweeping claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea.


    An international tribunal in 2016 invalidated China's claims, but China has rejected the ruling.


    Tensions between the two countries have recently escalated after Manila accused China of territorial incursions by hundreds of its vessels in the resource-rich waterway.


    The Philippines has filed diplomatic protests against China over what it calls the "illegal" presence of the Chinese vessels, which it says are manned by militia. read more


    Chinese diplomats have said the boats were just sheltering from rough seas and no militia were aboard.


    The Philippines' South China Sea taskforce said it spotted seven "Chinese Maritime Militia" at the Sabina shoal in the disputed Spratly archipelago on April 27, which dispersed after being challenged by the Philippine coast guard.


    Five returned two days later but left after the Philippine coast guard arrived, it said. Sabina shoal is around 130 nautical miles from the western Philippine island of Palawan.


    "The Philippines is not deterred from defending our national interest, patrimony, and our dignity as a people with all that we have," the task force said.
    Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing'''s ban on fishing in South China Sea | Reuters

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Only the Chinese are concerned about sustainable fish stocks it appears.
    The Chinese are the worst offenders. Foreign Policy article from the end of last year.

    China Is Fishing for Trouble at Sea

    The People’s Republic of China leads the world in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF). With a fishing fleet that numbers up to 800,000 boats by some estimates, China depleted its own domestic fisheries long ago. Through generous subsidies and government direction, the Chinese Communist Party has subsequently incentivized part of its fleet to travel further afield to satisfy both China’s domestic consumption and the international market. Despite this, China has avoided any tangible consequences for its actions, while smaller states are strong-armed into compliance with international standards and maritime law. With a growing number of fishing-related policy announcements, it appears that the United States is preparing the groundwork for launching a new salvo in the U.S.-China competition as the time runs out for President Donald Trump’s administration.


    Globally, economic losses from illegal fishing are difficult to quantify, but there is little disagreement that the overall economic loss totals tens of billions of dollars yearly, encompassing lost tax revenue, onshore fishing industry jobs, and depletion of food supplies. Much of that illegal catch comes from the exclusive economic zones of states such as Guinea, the Philippines, and North Korea that are impoverished and cannot exercise sufficient control of their maritime areas—the same states that Chinese fishermen often end up targeting. Fishery collapse due to overfishing in those areas poses a very real risk of food insecurity for millions in the developing world.

    MORE China's Illegal Fishing Targeted by New U.S. Measures

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    Your link goes to FP. Which is owned by TSG/TWP.

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    ^^So? Does that mean the Chinese do not illegally fish all over the world?

    Chinese fishing armada plundered waters around Galapagos, data shows | Galapagos Islands | The Guardian

    Argentina sinks Chinese boat with gunfire over '''illegal fishing''' in its waters | The Independent | The Independent

    Nations work to counter increased illegal fishing by Chinese fleets | Indo-Pacific Defense Forum

    Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul in Galapagos Sanctuary


    The Chinese have already overfished their own regions. The only reason they want to have a fishing ban for the SE Asian nations is to exert control and show they have total rights to the area.
    Last edited by misskit; 05-05-2021 at 08:37 PM.

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    Excellent a conversation.

    My reply:

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Chinese fishing armada plundered waters around Galapagos, data shows | Galapagos Islands | The Guardian

    Argentina sinks Chinese boat with gunfire over '''illegal fishing''' in its waters | The Independent | The Independent

    Nations work to counter increased illegal fishing by Chinese fleets | Indo-Pacific Defense Forum

    Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul in Galapagos Sanctuary
    Escalating opinion threats. How mature.

    Shall I post 4 links from "other media sources" that confirm an alternate opinion?

    Are we limited to certain search engines, those deemed to having "acceptable" RULES by a world renowned body [TD mods], or just exceptional countries with their, "here today gone tomorrow" elected leaders?

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The only reason they want to have a fishing ban for the SE Asian nations is to exert control and show they have total rights to the area
    Not to save the fishing stock for future exploitation then.

    How very noble of them.

    Your turn ....
    Last edited by OhOh; 06-05-2021 at 09:44 AM.

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