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A fight between the US and China over fish is really about world domination

Added 09-24-20 01:14:02pm EST - “The US response to Chinese fishing reflects the role that fish have played in international power, writes Texas A&M history professor Blake Earle.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “A fight between the US and China over fish is really about world domination”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China's aggressive, sometimes illegal fishing practices are the latest source of conflict with the United States.

China has the world's largest fishing fleet. Beijing claims to send around 2,600 vessels out to fish across the globe, but some maritime experts say this distant-water fishing fleet may number nearly 17,000. The United States has fewer than 300 distant-water ships.

According to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, nations control marine resources within a 200-mile "exclusive economic zone"; beyond that are international waters. While the US never signed the treaty, it has declared a 200-mile offshore exclusive economic zone.

Bolstered by generous subsidies and at times protected by armed coast guard cutters, Chinese fishermen have been illegally fishing near the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea, a hotly contested area claimed by six countries.

Galapagos Islands residents protest illegal fishing after Ecuador's navy caught a Chinese-flagged ship with 300 tons of illegally caught fish, August 14, 2017. JUAN CEVALLOS/AFP via Getty Images

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