mandag 1. februar 2021

Implications of China’s new law to control illegal fishing

China has instituted a controversial new law that authorizes its coast guard “to take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”

It specifies the circumstances under which different types of weapons can be used and allows the coast guard to launch pre-emptive strikeswithout prior warning if commanders deem it necessary. The meaning of “waters under China’s jurisdiction” could include those within its disputed claims.

International media have sensationalized the new law, implying that China will begin firing at will and if necessary for effect on foreign fishing vesselsin waters justifiably claimed by others.