The Chinese Communist Party’s fishing fleet essentially strip-mines the ocean, destroying the fish population wherever it goes. Their depredations in the South China Sea are well known and where they go, they bring the Chinese Coast Guard to defend their fishing fleet. It’s big business. Now they’ve turned their attention to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I refer you to Commander Salamander’s recent article:
(US Naval Institute Blog) “International boundaries for me, but for thee,” seems to be the rule of the day. The strong will do what they will, the weak will suffer what they must.
There is something going on outside the territorial seas of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands that in the last 36-hrs is starting to get the attention it deserves.
The question of what role the US should play is explored in the article cited, and I encourage you to read it. The larger question of what coordinated role the world needs to play to stop the Chinese Communist Party anywhere it rears its head is illustrated here as a small nation attempts to defend itself and its exclusive economic zone.
Chinese boats are fishing between the protected islands and the Ecuadorian coast, endangering the local marine life.
Argentina stopped the same fleet in the South Atlantic. One problem is China fishing subsidies. One scholar calls for join efforts to save the oceans.
Buenos Aires (AsiaNews) – A large fleet of Chinese fishing boats is threatening one of the most delicate natural ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean in the pursuit of giant squids, sharks and other species, with tonnes of waste left behind.
All this is taking place in a legal vacuum that makes an international agreement to regulate maritime fishing increasingly urgent.
For Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno, the presence of about 260 Chinese ships between the Galapagos Islands and coastal Ecuador is a “danger”.
As a consequence, the authorities of the South American country have deployed the coastguard and other naval units over the past week to check that none of the Chinese boats enters Ecuador’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which stretches 360 km from the coast.