Argentine Marine Police Fired on Chinese Fishing Vessels Again: Never Protect against Violations

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 Argentine Marine Police Fired on Chinese Fishing Vessels Again: Never Protect against Violations


Argentina opened fire on my fishing boat again, and the Chinese fisheries administration responded (Source:)

[Global Times-Global Network Report] Argentinas Coast Guard chased a Chinese fishing boat suspected of illegal fishing in its waters overnight, the Horn of Argentina reported Tuesday. Marine police opened fire on a Chinese fishing boat three hours after the chase, but the boat eventually fled. Relevant videos showed that the warning of Argentine Marine Police to stop the ship was not answered by Chinese fishing boats, so the Marine Police issued a warning of fire and launched multiple rounds of shooting. Chinas Fisheries and Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas responded to the Global Times on the 4th by saying that the enterprise concerned had sent personnel to Argentina to cooperate with relevant departments for investigation. Meanwhile, China hopes that Argentina can provide electronic coordinates of its exclusive economic zone boundary chart as soon as possible to avoid further disputes.

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According to public media reports, in recent years, Chinese fishing boats have clashed with Argentine maritime police on many occasions during ocean-going operations. On March 14, 2016, the Chinese ocean-going fishing vessel Luyan Yuanyuan 010 was sunk by the Ahai police in the waters near Argentina on suspicion of illegal operation. Fortunately, all 32 crew members were rescued. In February last year, the Argentine Coast Guard also issued a statement saying that the Argentine Marine Police found the Chinese fishing boat Jingyuan 626 in the early morning of February 21, after illegal fishing in the exclusive economic zone of Argentina, they fired machine guns at it, and the hunting process lasted for eight hours.

According to the Global Times, an important reason why Chinese fishing boats are often referred to as crossing the border into Argentine waters is that Argentina has never provided China with the electronic coordinates of its exclusive economic zone boundary charts, which makes it impossible for Chinese enterprises to accurately determine the boundary line of their exclusive economic zone, and only takes the reference line marked on the international commercial charts as the criterion for entry. Judgment and operation, but the latter and the former often have slight deviations, so there are many conflicts and disputes on whether or not to cross the border judgment. It is understood that China and Argentina have opened negotiations and negotiations on the provision of electronic coordinates for border charts.

In response to the Global Times inquiry, the Fisheries and Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural China said Thursday that in order to avoid the misjudgement of whether fishing vessels have crossed the line again, China hopes that Argentina will provide electronic coordinates of the exclusive economic zone boundary chart as soon as possible in accordance with the consensus reached between the two sides. At the same time, it hopes that Argentina will maintain restraint, enforce the law rationally and refrain from using force such as shooting against fishing vessels. Enforcement of law to avoid endangering the safety of crew members.

According to the Fisheries and Fisheries Administration, China has always required Chinese enterprises and fishing vessels to produce in accordance with the regulations and to maintain a safe distance from the boundary line of the exclusive economic zone of the relevant countries when producing on the high seas. China insists on zero tolerance attitude to severely crack down on violations of laws and regulations in offshore fisheries. If the investigation proves that there are violations by relevant enterprises and fishing vessels, China will never tolerate and protect them, and will certainly be severely punished.

The Argentine Coast Guard has unknown casualties from multiple rounds of fire on Chinese fishing vessels.

According to the Associated Press, Argentina Coast Guard opened fire on a Chinese fishing boat in multiple rounds on the 2nd local time. However, it is not clear whether the fire hit the Chinese fishing boat or caused casualties. According to Argentina, Chinas Huaxiang 801 (transliteration: Huaxiang 801) is reported to have fished illegally in its coastal waters. Videos released by the Argentine Coast Guard showed that they warned Huaxiang 801 that they would open fire if they did not withdraw. In the video, no response was heard from Huaxiang 801. Afterwards, Albania launched multiple rounds of shooting.