More Chinese Misbehavior in the South China Sea

China imposes fishing curbs: New regulations imposed Jan. 1 limit all foreign vessels from fishing in a zone covering two-thirds of the South China Sea.

Credit for Chart: “China Orders Foreign Fishing Vessels Out of Most of the South China Sea,” The Washington Free Beacon

China is again pushing for a “new norm” that would make the South China Sea essentially Chinese sovereign territory. In clear violation of the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea, the Province of Hainan has declared that, as of Jan. 1, all foreign vessels must get their permission to fish in approximately two thirds of the South China Sea including waters that are clearly within the Exclusive Economic Zones of the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia, an area reportedly five times the size of the state of Texas.

In addition to the report credited below the illustration, here is a Wall Street Journal Report and Reuters reports the diplomatic sparing between the US and China.

Their likely instrument in this push is the newly organized Chinese Coast Guard. Naval War College professor James R. Holmes, offers some thoughts on “The Return of China’s Small Stick Diplomacy in South China Sea.”

84 thoughts on “More Chinese Misbehavior in the South China Sea

  1. German Navy blog, Marine Forum, reports, “14 October, CHINA (Territorial Disputes), South China Sea: A Vietnamese fisherman claimed a Chinese vessel rammed and sank his boat within Vietnamese fishing grounds.”

  2. From the German Navy Blog, Marine Forum, “South China Sea: A Vietnamese fishing boat has been attacked and robbed by a (ostensibly civilian) Chinese ship while fishing near disputed with China Paracel Islands … took food and fuel, destroyed fishing nets.
    (rmks: destruction of fishing nets points beyond mere robbery)”

    I suspect this was action by a Chinese Maritime Militia Unit. Under orders or acting on its own initiative?

  3. A study of incidents in the South China Sea. Chinese CG was involved in 2/3 of them. http://www.marinelink.com/news/involved-chinese-clashes415043.aspx

    “The evidence is clear that there is a pattern of behaviour from China that is contrary to what law enforcement usually involves,” Glaser told Reuters.

    “We’re seeing bullying, harassment and ramming of vessels from countries whose coast guard and fishing vessels are much smaller, often to assert sovereignty throughout the South China Sea.”

  4. One of the motives behind China’s behaviour, whyhttp://asia.nikkei.com/Viewpoints/Viewpoints/Robert-A.-Manning-The-South-China-Sea-enigma-The-Fish-Imperative?page=2 it will backfire, and a possible approach to resolution.

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