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MCentaur

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China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:31:31 AM »
China tightens its grip on the Spratlys:

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China Orders Foreign Fishing Vessels Out of Most of the South China Sea
January 7, 2014 (freebeacon.com)

New rules issued prior to near collision between U.S. warship and Chinese naval vessel

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The new orders went into effect Jan. 1 after they were issued late November by Hainan island provincial government authorities.

Under the new regulations, all foreign fishing boats that transit into a new Hainan’s administrative zone in the sea—an area covering two-thirds of the 1.5 million square mile South China Sea—must be approved by Chinese authorities.

The new measures were imposed Nov. 29 and announced Dec. 3 in state media as part of a policy of enforcing Chinese fisheries law.

Chinese law states that any ships that violate the fishing regulations will be forced out of the zone, have their catch confiscated, and face fines of up to $82,600. In some cases, fishing boats could be confiscated and their crew prosecuted under Chinese law.
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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 09:16:27 AM »
Manila seeks clarification on Chinese fishing rules in West PH Sea
By: Manuel Mogato and Sui-Lee Wee, Reuters
January 9, 2014 7:00 PM


MANILA/BEIJING -- The Philippines said it was seeking clarification of rules from China's Hainan province that say fishing boats need permission to enter waters under its jurisdiction, which the local government says covers much of the disputed South China Sea.

Such a move, if broadly enforced, could worsen tensions in the region.

It says foreign fishing vessels need approval to enter from the "relevant and responsible department" of the Chinese government's cabinet.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Department spokesman Raul Hernandez said Manila had asked its embassy in Beijing to get more information on the rules.

Hainan officials were not immediately available to comment but Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said regulating the use of China's marine resources was a normal practice.

"The goal is to strengthen the security of fisheries resources and to openly and reasonably utilize and protect fisheries resources," Hua said at a regular news briefing when asked about the rules.


A senior Philippine naval official said the rules were a violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, adding China was unable to enforce such measures outside its territorial waters and its 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

"This is excessive ... I don't know how this will be implemented but it will be effective only within the 200-mile (EEZ) from Hainan province," said the officer, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Peter Paul Galvez, spokesman for the Department of National Defense, said authorities were ready to enforce fishing rules in the Philippines own EEZ, which include regulations on the type of fish that can be caught.

Chinese enforcement could depend on the nationality of the fishermen, said Shi Yinhong, an international relations professor at Renmin University in Beijing.

"I think Hainan put it out to tell relevant countries we have such a regulation, but how we practice it depends on how bilateral relations are," Shi said.

"If ties are good, the regulation may be loose. If not, we will practice it strictly, which means that you have to get approval from us before entering."

http://interaksyon.com/article/78375/manila-seeks-clarification-on-chinese-fishing-rules-in-west-ph-sea
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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 12:56:36 PM »
Given the fact that Chinese forces summarily captured, tasered, and imprisoned Vietnamese fishermen  and confiscated their catch on 03-JAN this month, I would say the conditions of this "regulation" are very clear. China has just literally drawn a line in the beach sand and is daring every one to cross it. This is the beginning of the end; the salami slicing machine is now oiled and up to operating speed. Watch how very quickly this situation devolves.

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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 01:35:00 PM »
http://freebeacon.com/china-orders-foreign-fishing-vessels-out-of-most-of-the-south-china-sea/

Notice the map from the link on Hainan's "regulated fishing area" and the Philippines territory from the treaty of Paris (1898). Their so called area overlaps Philippine's territory. Wouldn't the US/PHL government consider this us an invasion of territory?

Or is it possible that this is just the Chinese government baiting PHL to acknowledge the limits of Philippine's territorial waters accdg to international law?

They (China's government) certainly is on the offensive and I don't know how the Philippines will respond to this. They even included Kalayaan Is. Which is populated and controlled by Filipinos smh
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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014, 05:19:29 PM »
The general impression is that it would take a very blatant incident on RP mainland (not shoals, not KIG) to invoke the MDT. Truth be told, the MDT is really OBE - it was originally conceived in a time where the global economy wasn't so intertwined. An incident at sea is one thing, general war completely another. Does Obama have the fortitude to back up The Pivot? Well, judging by the recent tell-all by former SECDEF Gates, we can only hope and pray that reasonable and sympathetic advisors whisper in his ear, otherwise we are pretty much on our own.

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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014, 03:12:05 AM »
U.S. says China's fishing curbs 'provocative and potentially dangerous'
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"The passing of these restrictions on other countries' fishing activities in disputed portions of the South China Sea is a provocative and potentially dangerous act," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing.

"China has not offered any explanation or basis under international law for these extensive maritime claims."

"Our long-standing position has been that all concerned parties should avoid any unilateral action that raises tensions and undermines the prospects for a diplomatic or other peaceful resolution of differences."

Philippines blasts China over new fishing law
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"We have requested China to immediately clarify the new fisheries law issued by the Hainan Provincial People's Congress," the Filipino foreign department said in a statement.

"We are gravely concerned by this new regulation that would require foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from Chinese regional authorities before fishing or surveying in a large portion of the South China Sea."

see also: How China Sees the South China Sea
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Re: China orders all foreign fishing vessels out of the Spratlys
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2014, 12:13:30 AM »
China fires back at US for criticism on fishing curbs in South China Sea (interaksyon.com)
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Washington called the fishing rules "provocative and potentially dangerous", prompting a rebuttal from China's foreign ministry on Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the government "has the right and responsibility to regulate the relevant islands and reefs as well as non-biological resources" according to international and domestic law.

"For more than 30 years, China's relevant fisheries laws and regulations have been consistently implemented in a normal way, and have never caused any tension," Hua said at a daily news briefing.

"If someone feels the need to say that technical amendments to local fisheries regulations implemented many years ago will cause tensions in the region and pose a threat to regional stability, then I can only say that if this does not stem from a lack of basic common sense, then it must be due to an ulterior motive."
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