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US State Secretary's accusation against China over illegal fishing groundless: embassy by Wang Qi August 03,2020   |  Source: Global Times

The Chinese Embassy in Ecuador and oceanography experts have called accusations from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo false and groundless, after he smeared China for "illegal and unregulated over-fishing" near Ecuador in the East Pacific.

Pompeo's recent remarks came after Western media reported on 260 China-flagged vessels fishing nearing Ecuador's Galapagos marine reserve, which was seen as causing environmental degradation. However, the fishing time, exact regions, fishing companies, and fishing equipment and other details remain unreported.

The Galapagos Islands are a precious natural and cultural heritage for all mankind. Chinese fishing boats are currently operating normally and legally in waters outside the exclusive economic zone of the Galapagos, posing no threat to anyone, the Chinese Embassy in Ecuador said on Sunday, adding that China attaches great importance to the protection of the marine environment and resources.

According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, fishing in waters outside the exclusive economic zone does not impact the rights and interests of coastal states. Chinese fishing boats have neither violated Ecuador's sovereignty nor international law, Wang Yamin, a professor at Shandong University's School of Oceanography,


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