China’s maritime militia frequently crosses borders and South Korea responds forcefully

South Korea
Regulation & Compliances
Published Apr 15, 2024

Tridge summary

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol and Defense Minister Shin Won-seok have taken a firm stance against illegal fishing and maritime sovereignty challenges posed by Chinese boats and the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) maritime militia in the West Sea. Yoon criticized the previous government's lax control over illegal fishing, which has harmed South Korean fishermen, and emphasized the need for a robust response, including the modernization of the Coast Guard. Shin expressed concerns over China's 'West Sea Project' and its attempts to assert control over the area using 'gray zone tactics' involving civilian fishing fleets and maritime militias. These actions, part of a broader strategy by China to assert maritime claims, have led to tensions in the South China Sea, prompting a warning from the US Navy against the aggressive actions of the Chinese militia fishing fleets, treating them as equivalent to actions by the armed forces.
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Original content

[Epoch Times, April 14, 2024] (Reported by Epoch Times Special Report Department reporter Wu Huanxin) While Chinese fishing boats are illegally fishing around the world, they are also cooperating with the Chinese Navy and Coast Guard as "maritime militias" to use gray zone strategies to provoke territorial disputes, which has aroused the vigilance of many countries. Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing in the disputed West Sea (Yellow Sea) with South Korea for many years. Recently, Yoon Seok-yeol asked the South Korean Coast Guard to respond strongly from the perspective of national security. On April 9, Yoon Seok-yeol boarded the 3005 patrol ship under the West Sea Five Islands Special Security Group of the South Korean Coast Guard Agency in Incheon to inspect the control of illegal operations of Chinese fishing boats during the peak crab fishing season. Regarding the illegal fishing of Chinese fishing boats, he emphasized, "Not only should we protect South Korea's ...
Source: Epochtimes
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