The Philippines disregarded China, encouraging fishers to fish.
China has imposed a summer fishing ban in the South China Sea’s contested waters. The Philippines rejected the ban and urged its fishermen to continue fishing in Philippine waters, stating that “China’s demands are irrelevant to the Philippines.”
Since 1999, China has imposed a temporary fishing ban between May 1 and August 16 in sea areas that include the South China Sea and other international waters beyond China’s territory. According to a statement released yesterday (May 5, 2021) by the Philippine South China Sea Task Force, the Chinese fishing ban does not extend to Filipino fishers. Additionally, the task force rejected the establishment of the order in the Philippine territories. Additionally, the Philippines is prepared to allow fishers to venture out into Philippine waters, in the western Philippine Sea
The western portion of the Philippine Sea that the Philippine government makes this reference is part of the contested region in the South China Sea that China has claimed control of for years. In 2016, an International Arbitration Court ruled that China’s claims to the South China Sea were unfounded. However, China rejected the ruling.
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