China’s Fishing Counteroffensive in South China SeaPosted: August 6, 2016
At the Philippines’ offensive by obtaining an arbitration ruling to deny China’s historical rights and interests to the South China Sea, China responded by the counteroffensive of intensifying its exploitation of fish resources in disputed waters. SCMP says in its report “New Hainan fishing port to extend China’s maritime reach: analysts” today, “China has opened a new fishing port – the largest in the southern province of Hainan and the nearest to the disputed Spratly Islands – in a move analysts said would help expand its presence in the South China Sea.”
The port at Yazhou, Hainan can accommodate 800 fishing boats now and 2,000 later when the 3-billion yuan (US$500 million) port project is completed. As the port can handle vessels as heavy as 3,000 tonnes, it will attract more fishermen to build larger boats subsidized by the government to go the areas of disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam with ability to confront their coastguard ships.
China has acted with restraints before the Hague ruling but having been completely denied its historical rights and interests by the Philippines with US support, it is now conducting its counteroffensive to exploit the resources without restraint in the disputed areas, first the fish and then the energy resources if its talks with the Philippines have broken due to Philippines’ insistence on implementing the Hague ruling.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at: