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US: China Rules for Disputed South China Sea ‘Provocative’

10 January 2014

The US says new restrictions by Chinese authorities on other countries’ fishermen in the disputed South China Sea are “provocative and potentially dangerous.” The regulations require foreign fishermen to ask China’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the regulations appear to apply to extensive maritime claims for which China has not offered any explanation or basis under international law. The affected waters are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and others. In late November, China declared a new air defense zone over a huge swath of the East China Sea.—AP