Tensions due to China’s Fishing Ban under Control unless US Interferes


SCMP says in its report “Beijing’s South China Sea fishing ban threatens to raise tensions with rival claimants”, “Fishing groups in Vietnam and the Philippines have urged their governments to take firm measures to resist ban, which is intended to preserve fish stocks”.

Vietnamese government has said something but not the Philippines.

In fact even during the Scarborough standoff, the Philippines has to observe the ban, though China disallowed it to fish in the area around the reef.

Fishing conflicts between China and Vietnam have been common. A Vietnamese fishing boat was sunk by Chinese coast guard ship even recently.

Such tension for resources are normal and will not be a big issue unless the US interferes with its navy.

In the past, Japan planned to use its navy to drive Chinese fishing boats away from the area around the disputed Diaoyu Islands, China showed that it was to respond with war. The then US Vice President Joe Biden had to visit China to prevent the naval war as the US would not support Japan’s move. Biden said that the US would not fight for a few rocks. After that, China sent fishing fleet larger than the past to the area and Japan did not drive Chinese fleet away.

China banned Philippine fishing in the area around Scarborough Reef after Scarborough standoff, but the US did not interfere though the Philippines is its ally. The ban was not lifted until the Philippines had improved its relations with China.

There may be tension or even war if the US interferes as China vows to defend its core interests in the South China Sea.

The ball is on US side.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which may be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3083304/delayed-south-china-sea-talks-expose-chinas-complex.


9 Comments on “Tensions due to China’s Fishing Ban under Control unless US Interferes”

  1. Joseph says:

    There were similar conflicts happening in Indonesia’s Natuna Islands too last year. Vietnamese fishing boats trespassed into Indonesian territorial water, not EEZ. On one occasion recorded on camera, the Indonesian navy apprehended a trespassing Vietnamese fishing boat and a Vietnam coast guard ship came suddenly and rammed the Indonesian navy ship, but missed and hit the towed Vietnamese fishing boat instead, sinking it. Just as suddenly it arrived, the Vietnamese coast guard left immediately, leaving the Indonesian to rescue the crew of the sunken Vietnamese fishing boat. In the aftermath, there were wars on news and social media, blaming each other eventhough when the incident was clearly in the Indonesian waters. The Indonesian foreign ministry filed a protest to the Vietnamese, but they did not respond officially. It appeared that Vietnamese coast guard did not obey to their own government and had its own American-style, quite possibly even supported by the American, propaganda media, writing nonsenses. In the end the matter was mediated by China, which promised the Indonesian that they would help keep the Vietnamese coast guard in check. The Vietnamese fishing boats was suspected to be mistaken as Chinese fishing boats intruding on Natuna last December, as both flags have yellow star on red background. But the American-controled media in Indonesia escalated the situation to make fuss about Chinese boats in the EEZ, which are legal under UNCLOS. In light of Vietnamese fishing boats and coast guard behavior, the Indonesian did enact no fishing zone in the Natuna’s EEZ for the Vietnamese similar to the one by China on this article. As in Natuna incident, I doubt the Vietnamese has ‘said’ something. It is more likely that the ‘tension’ is concocted by American-controled English language media in Vietnam, thus has zero political consequences. It would be foolish for the American to ‘interfere’ as this article suggested. The quarrel between Vietnamese fishing boats and their belligerent coast guard is not only between Vietnam and China. It is also between Vietnam and other ASEAN members including Indonesia and Malaysia. How would busybody America would respond to this ‘complex’. If the Japanese think so much about the plight of the erstwhile Vietnamese fishermen, they could allow the Vietnamese to fish on Japanese water. They can see Vietnamese fishermen behavior first hand.

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  2. Jorge says:

    Goes without saying that US will interfere

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  3. Simon says:

    America got no balls.

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  4. johnleecan says:

    Vietnam and Philippines are both very anti-China and their people don’t understand any science about fishing ban to be able to help the sea replenish fish population. Anti-Chinese mentality is either clouding their brains or they are just brainless. If this measure was implemented by their master Big Brother America, they would quietly and brainlessly keep on nodding their heads in unison and agree to everything what the Americans say even when they don’t understand what it means.

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  5. Steve says:

    SO – the Balls are on US side.? Well, the Locks are on China side. If US intervene, China will Lock up US balls. Now is the time for the US to show what its balls are made of. I presume its ball are hollow.

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    • chankaiyee2 says:

      in reply to FOB not anybody else

      Your comment is deleted as it is not relevant. As your comment is on FON, please make the comment on a post related to FON.

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