China is moving to protect its fishing and maritime resource rights. Pictured, fishermen in the surrounding waters of Tree Island, also known as Zhaoshu, in the Paracels off Hainan province. Photo: Xinhua

China to jail foreign fishermen who ply trade in sovereign waters

Previously, they would be driven out after their boats and gear confiscated but new judicial interpretation allows for one year sentence

Topic |   South China Sea

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China is moving to protect its fishing and maritime resource rights. Pictured, fishermen in the surrounding waters of Tree Island, also known as Zhaoshu, in the Paracels off Hainan province. Photo: Xinhua
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