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Published On: Thu, Mar 31st, 2016

Malaysia Summons Chinese Ambassador over South China Sea Fishery

 nsnbc : The Malaysian government, on Thursday, summoned China’s ambassador to Kuala Lumpur to voice Malaysia’s concerns about what it described as an encroachment by a large number of Chinese-flagged fishing boats in the South China Sea.

South China Sea_territorial Claims_Map_China_Vietnam_Malaysia_Brunei_Taiwan_The Chinese ambassador to Kuala Lumpur was summoned after the Malaysian Coast Guard, last week, stressed that it had observed some 100 Chinese-flagged fishing boats encroaching on Malaysian waters in the South China Sea.

Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry has since confirmed that the Malaysian Coast Guard had observed the Chinese-flagged fishing boats, adding that these boats were accompanied by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel.

The Foreign Ministry explained that it had summoned Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia, Huang Huikang, to seek clarification.

China claims the lion share of the South China Sea within what it describes as the “Nine-Dotted Line” as Chinese territory.

The Chinese claims conflict, among others, with Vietnam’s 200 mile Economic Exclusive Zone, as well as with claims of its Asian neighbors Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, and to some extend Taiwan, although  the latter is a more complicated issue and a “different bag of fish”.

Maritime trade via the South China Sea is estimated at about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Vietnam has previously stressed that regional, corrupt Chinese Coast Guard captains or units, who do not necessarily follow Beijing’s orders, could go rogue and infringe on Vietnam’s or other regional neighbors fisheries.

F/AK – nsnbc 31.03.2016

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