A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP
A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP

The US wants to take on China over illegal fishing in the South China Sea. Why is Asean wary?

  • Analysts say countries in the region welcome the move, but do not want militarised law enforcement that could spark bigger clashes in the disputed waterway
  • China is the top perpetrator of illegal fishing, a sector the UN estimates is worth US$23.5 billion globally

Topic |   South China Sea
A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP
A boat being blown up by the Indonesian government in 2016 after it was seized for illegal fishing. Photo: AFP
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