US Backs Philippines in CCP’s Fishing Ban

On June 2, the U.S. expressed clear support for the Philippines’ position against the CCP’s so-called fishing ban in the South China Sea. According to the source, the CCP unilaterally asserted jurisdiction over a vast part of the South China Sea and declared an annual fishing ban in the summer to develop sustainable marine life due to overfishing. The fishing ban has led to a long-standing international dispute with the Philippines, Vietnam, and Southeast Asian countries.

On May 31, the Philippines summoned a CCP diplomat over the announcement of a unilateral fishing ban and alleged harassment of a marine research vessel by a Chinese coast guard ship.|

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price pointed to a 2016 ruling by a court in The Hague and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, both rejecting the CCP’s claims. The CCP’s unilateral declaration of a fishing moratorium in the South China Sea is not consistent with the International Court of Justice ruling in The Hague and the requirements of international law, and he called on the CCP to abide by its obligations under international law.

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