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September 20, 2020 - South China Morning Post

US Coast Guard report criticises China for illegal fishing and aggressive tactics

US Coast Guard report criticises China for illegal fishing and aggressive tactics
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The US Coast Guard had harsh words for China in a new report on illegal fishing, calling for like-minded nations to unite against predatory states at sea in a thinly veiled warning to Beijing.

The report , released on Thursday, also criticised China’s armed fishing militia, which several studies said Beijing has used to enforce its claims in the highly contested South China Sea by swarming the waters around disputed islands with vessels in order to push out fisherman and soldiers from other claimant countries.

“The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia, estimated to include more than 3,000 vessels, actively carries out aggressive behavior on the high seas and in sovereign waters of other nations to coerce and intimidate legitimate fishers in support of the Chinese Communist Party’s long-term maritime strategic goals,” the report said.

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