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US says Chinese fishing rules for South China Sea 'provocative'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 January, 2014, 8:57am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 January, 2014, 10:12am
 

The US says new restrictions by Chinese authorities on other countries’ fishermen in the disputed South China Sea are “provocative and potentially dangerous.”

The regulations, which took effect this month, require foreign fishermen to ask China’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that the regulations appear to apply to extensive maritime claims for which China has not offered any explanation or basis under international law.

The affected waters cover much of the South China Sea, an area encompassing island groups also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and others.

It follows China’s late November announcement of a new air defence zone requiring foreign planes to notify Beijing of flights over a huge swath of the East China Sea.

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hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
china needs to walk a fine line here and be more prudence. Declaration as such must be clarify clearly on the rules of engagement and with consideration to other countries folks making a living as fisherman.
newgalileo
China busy making friends all over the world. Then China is complaining it is called "arrogant".
singleline
And Covenants, without the Sword, are but Words, and of no strength to secure a man at all --- Thomas Hobbes, 1588 - 1679.
(He also said, 'Give an inch, he'll take an ell.'
Paraphrased by someone as: 'Give a woman an inch and she'll park a car.')

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