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China promises to arrest Filipino fishermen despite ‘Iisang Dagat’ propaganda
Beijing has now prohibited foreign vessels from fishing within the vicinity of Paracel Islands and Scarborough Shoal. This fishing ban will run from May 1 to August 16.
China vows to arrest any illegal fishermen, and previously Vietnamese and Filipinos were exempted where only Chinese vessels were apprehended.
The China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced illegal fishermen will be pursued and arrested.
The fishing ban policy will be publicized as it is the most essential and effective system when it comes to protecting Chinese fishery resources.
“The coast guard authority will strictly enforce the ban according to relevant laws and regulations, cracking down on crimes and unlawful acts, to safeguard the rights and interests of marine fisheries and protect the marine ecological environment,” the New China News Agency said.
The People’s Armed Police (PAP), China’s police and paramilitary force, have been given more authority to supervise maritime to protect China’s rights to sea territories and maritime intelligence upon the drafting of revision of China’s National People’s Congress.
The PAP will no longer handle fire fighting duties under the new revision.
The police was previously reshuffled and put under China’s Central Military Commission alongside armed forces like the People’s Liberation Army Navy and People’s Liberation Army Air Force in 2017.
The annual fishing ban will preserve resources in territorial waters.
According to the 2019 IUU Fishing Index, China is known for being one of the largest sources of illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing in the region.
Chinese culture show on PH gov’t radio hit
A two-year-old program that promotes China’s culture on the government-run radio station is triggering outrage for allegedly pushing Chinese propaganda at a time when the two countries are locked in dispute over the West Philippine Sea.
Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite denounced the airing of the “Wow China” radio show while Beijing was continuing to “disrespect” Manila’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.