With its own coastal waters depleted, China has built a global fishing operation unmatched by any other country.
A Chinese ship fishing for squid off the west coast of South America in July 2021.Isaac Haslam/Sea Shepherd via Associated Press
The Chinese effort has prompted diplomatic and legal protests. The fleet has also been linked to illegal activity, including encroaching on other countries’ territorial waters, tolerating labor abuses and catching endangered species. In 2017, Ecuador seized a refrigerated cargo ship, the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, carrying an illicit cargo of 6,620 sharks, whose fins are a delicacy in China.”
David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | NYT Comment:
Can the UN stop this behavior? Will the Chinese listen to reason? Will they only respect force? Do we have diplomatic chips to play? Maybe the US Navy and NATO and our Asian Allies should use these mother Chinese refrigerator ships, called carrier vessels, for target practice. First, we tell the Chinese Government to stop using them, then we disable or sink a few carrier vessels. This trouble shows the madness of Trump cancelling the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement set up by Obama. We need it now.
David blogs at InconvenientNews.net.Posted in Bullies and Scoundrels, China, David Lindsay, Oceans Rivers Lakes and Aquafers, The Sixth Extinction of Species | Tagged Alarms Worldwide, China’s Fishing Operations |