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China’s Occupying Boats Dumping Sewage On Philippine Reefs

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in 2016 an international tribunal in the hague invalidated china’s claims that it owns almost all of the south china sea the tribunal also unanimously upheld the philippines sovereign rights to disputed reefs and islands close to its shorelines however that has not stopped china from using thousands of fishing boats to push philippine boats away from these contested areas these occupying chinese boats are now causing a serious threat to marine life in the region here are the details the associated press reports that sewage from hundreds of stationary chinese boats is causing algae blooms that have damaged coral reefs and threatened fish stocks in an unfolding environmental disaster western analysts say the boats are part of a huge chinese maritime militia that use sheer force of numbers to push other nations out of contested areas in the south china sea satellite images over the last five years show how human sewage and wastewater have accumulated around these stationary flotillas causing damaging algae blooms which are destroying reefs that are vital to the reproduction of fish stocks analysts of similarity incorporated a company that specializes in satellite imagery analysis spoke on monday july 12 at a philippine online news forum on china’s actions in the south china sea a sea that china claims to be almost entirely its own the analysts showed satellite images of at least 236 ships anchored at the union bank’s atoll on june 17th alone the images also showed large blooms of algae spreading out around the cluster of ships the analysts warned that schools of fish including migratory tuna breed in the reefs that are being damaged and the sewage could cause fish stocks to considerably decline in an offshore area that is a key regional food source [Music] cnn reports that analysts are calling out china’s secret maritime militia as it gets increasingly aggressive in its efforts to push other asian nations out of the south china sea china denies that the militia exists but western analysts say a quick study of these so-called fishing boats show that they form an integral part of china’s military actions these boats are often huge by fish and goat standards and they never seem to catch any fish they have automatic weapons aboard and reinforced hulls making them very dangerous at close range with top speeds of around 18 to 22 knots they are also faster than 90 of the world’s fishing boats analysts say china is using these weaponized boats to protect large flotillas of normal chinese fishing boats in this way they can quickly bring hundreds of chinese fishing boats to any disputed island a flotilla is so large that it can’t be challenged without triggering a military confrontation last month more than 200 chinese fishing boats crowded around woods and reef for weeks woodson reef is a major fishing ground and part of the philippines territorial waters during 2020 despite the pandemic china has increased his campaign of using its ships to claim most of the south china sea as its own territory including a shoal only 140 kilometers from malaysia named luconia shoals this submarine ridge lies 1 500 kilometers from china’s southern island of hainan the shoal is also inside malaysia’s exclusive economic zone meaning that china has no legal right to patrol the area however chinese coast guard ships are currently harassing oil and gas activity in the area according to the us-based center for strategic and international studies or csis the csis released tracking data showing that chinese patrol ships have been increasing their aggressive patrolling in the region one important concern is that these ships are now also targeting vanguard bank an oil and gas-rich shoal claimed by vietnam the area had been quiet until chinese vessels began persistent patrols in july when vietnam decided to cancel a drilling project in the area the csis says beijing is using the persistent patrols in an effort to normalize its presence and thereby strengthen its claims of ownership france is wading into the conflict in the south china sea here is what you need to know last month the french defense ministry announced that a nuclear attack submarine had recently conducted a patrol in the south china sea along with a support ship to underscore freedom of navigation now france is sending the toner amphibious assault helicopter carrier and the frigate sarkouf on a long-term deployment that will see them pass through the south china sea twice the south china sea is strategically important because it is one of the world’s busiest maritime regions the south china sea is also the center of numerous economic island and maritime disputes between china taiwan malaysia vietnam brunei and the philippines mission john dark 2021 left its home port of tulong on february 18 2021 the annual jean-dark missions are part of france’s defense strategy in the indo-pacific captain arnaut transcend commanding officer of the toner told naval news the ships will work to strengthen france’s partnership with the us japan india and australia the four quad nations that form a bulwark against china in the region the french military tweeted that the ships passed through the suez canal on february 25th and conducted exercises with the egyptian navy on march 3rd and march 4th the amphibious ready group will hold france’s first joint military drills with the japan maritime self-defense force and the u.s navy in may the exercise will be focused on defending remote islands french army units participating in the mission include infantry and legionnaires an armored platoon combat engineers an anti-aircraft warfare section and a joint terminal attack controller team there are also two french army gazelle helicopters and a panther helicopter in addition to egypt and japan both vessels will call at djibouti india indonesia vietnam singapore malaysia and sri lanka they will return to too long on bastille day july 14 2021. when asked by naval news if they would pass through the taiwan strait tronchant the toneris commanding officer said he has not yet traced our roads in this area france has five overseas territories in the south pacific and 1.5 million french nationals live in the region france also has 8 000 troops as well as ships and aircraft stationed in the region meanwhile the uk plans to dispatch the new aircraft carrier hms queen elizabeth to the indo-pacific by the end of this year tensions in the south china sea are escalating as china and its neighbors increasingly use commercial fishing vessels and warships to stay hotly disputed territorial claims and harvest one of the world’s most fragile fishing grounds china claims more than 80 percent of the sea and it bases that claim on a 70-year-old map that marks its territory with nine dashes that reaches down 1 800 kilometers from its southern island of hainan the un has recently ruled that this claim is invalid but this has only made china more aggressive in enforcing its claim this claim-staking contest is now having severe repercussions as fishermen are reporting dwindling fish stocks after china subsidized its massive fishing fleet with billions of dollars which led to overfishing and the destructive of coral reefs which are vital to the fast regeneration of fish stocks according to marine biologist professor john mcmanus from the university of miami he said there are about 570 species of coral in the region and these bring thousands of species of fish however scientists like mcmanus now predict that this whole ecosystem will collapse under the weight of overfishing and the coral destruction caused by china’s construction of new military bases on top of coral reefs more than 104 square kilometers of coral reef has also been destroyed by giant clam poachers who use boat propellers to hack apart coral reefs and pry out the giant clams which are a delicacy in china another 57 square kilometers have been destroyed by china’s base building activities [Music] the ocean around the south atlantic island of tristan da cunha is set to become a fishing war zone as it has been declared a marine wildlife sanctuary by the island’s government the move is designed to protect the area’s wildlife and fish populations which means it would be one of the last parts of the world’s oceans that would contain large fish stocks this would make it an irresistible target for the world’s long-range fishing boats which have overfished most of the world’s oceans leading to diminished fish populations globally china’s large fleet of long-range fishing boats are particularly infamous for their long history of poaching fish from nations as far away from china as south africa and argentina according to the guardian the protected area is huge three times the size of the uk and the uk government would be responsible for enforcing the new no fishing law in a statement british prime minister boris johnson called on other nations to join britain in its ambition to protect 30 percent of the world’s oceans he said we are in danger of killing our seas we are warming them up making them more acidic and every day we fill them with turtle choking dolphin poisoning plastic that is turning our ocean into a vast floating rubbish dump for more news animations and explainers hit the subscribe and bell button to join the tomo news family thanks for watching


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