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US to deploy coast guard to tackle China’s ‘illegal’ fishing in South China Sea

By WION

In a fresh development in tussle between US and China in South China Sea, the US said on Friday that it will deploy coast guard patrol ships in western Pacific Ocean to counter Chinese activities in disputed fishing grounds of South China Sea.

US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien accused China of “Illegal” and “unregulated” fishing as well as “harassment” of fishing boats from regional countries.

In a statement, he said that the US Coast Guard “is strategically homeporting significantly enhanced Fast Response Cutters…in the western Pacific.” US has regularly accused China of breaking international law by sending warships to escort Chinese fishing vessels into fishing grounds of other countries.

In July, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper slammed a “catalog of bad behavior” in the South China Sea over the previous months and accused the Chinese military of having sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat, harassing Malaysian oil and gas development and escorting Chinese fishing fleets into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone.

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