The government on Thursday vowed to protect the country’s territorial sovereignty from foreign intrusion amid reports that China has issued a “no permit, no fishing” rule for foreign fishermen in the highly-disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
The new ruling, which is aimed to bolster China’s claim over the disputed islands, reportedly was issued by the Hainan provincial government and took effect on January 1.
Under the new regulation, all foreign fishing vessels would be required to seek permission from the Hainan authorities before they are allowed to fish and explore maritime resources in the disputed islands.
Beijing’s latest directive comes at the heels of its declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in November over islands in the East China Sea, a move that angered Japan and South Korea and which drew criticism from the United States.
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