“Chinese fishing fleet poses threat to Pacific island economies” –Indo-Pacific Defense Forum

Chinese squid-fishing vessels in waters near South Korea’s Ulleungdo in September 2016 | ⓒ THE OUTLAW OCEAN PROJECT / VIA KYODO

An overview from Indo-Pacific Defense Forum, of why the Chinese fishing fleet is an existential threat to some Pacific Island nations.

While on one hand the Chinese impoverish these nations they then offer loans for projects that frequently fail, leaving the countries in debt to China.

This is why there is increasing recognition of the Coast Guard’s importance in cooperative fisheries enforcement.

It may also be why we may see some cutters in Palau.

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