China had 563,300 fishing vessels at the end of 2020, down nearly 23 per cent from a year earlier, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Photo: Xinhua
China had 563,300 fishing vessels at the end of 2020, down nearly 23 per cent from a year earlier, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Photo: Xinhua

South China Sea, Xinjiang muddy water of fishing subsidies debate as WTO faces ‘crucial test’

  • The World Trade Organization (WTO) hopes to conclude negotiations over fishing subsidies by the end of 2021 after 20 years of deadlock
  • Governments hand out around US$35 billion in environmentally damaging fisheries subsidies every year, with China doling out the most

China had 563,300 fishing vessels at the end of 2020, down nearly 23 per cent from a year earlier, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Photo: Xinhua
China had 563,300 fishing vessels at the end of 2020, down nearly 23 per cent from a year earlier, according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Photo: Xinhua
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