China fires back at US over fishing rules

Chinaâ„¢s fishing rules took effect on Jan. 1 and require foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval to enter the waters.

China has rejected US criticism on its new fishing restrictions in the South China Sea waters, saying the rules are in accordance with international law.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday that Beijing “has the right and responsibility to regulate the relevant islands and reefs as well as non-biological resources” according to international and domestic law.

Chinaâ„¢s fishing rules took effect on Jan. 1 and require foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval to enter the waters.

The US called the fishing rules “provocative and potentially dangerous” as parts of the region are also claimed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

But Hua said China would not cause any tension. “For more than 30 years, China’s relevant fisheries laws and regulations have been consistently implemented in a normal way, and have never caused any tension,” Hua said at a daily news briefing.

“If someone feels the need to say that technical amendments to local fisheries regulations implemented many years ago will cause tensions in the region and pose a threat to regional stability, then I can only say that if this does not stem from a lack of basic common sense, then it must be due to an ulterior motive,” he added.

The rules come after Beijing announced, late last year, an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, which also drew sharp criticism from Washington.

“China has not offered any explanation or basis under international law for these extensive maritime claims,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing on Thursday.

“Our long-standing position has been that all concerned parties should avoid any unilateral action that raises tensions and undermines the prospects for a diplomatic or other peaceful resolution of differences.”

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Source: Press TV