China, Philippines to ban fishing in disputed sea-A A +A
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
BEIJING — China and the Philippines are set to enforce seasonal fishing bans in South China Sea waters where their ships have been engaged in a tense standoff for a month.
China's ban that begins Wednesday is meant to conserve resources and curb overfishing. The official Xinhua News Agency cited a fisheries official Sunday as saying the ban includes waters around Huangyan island, which Manila calls Panatag Shoal.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said Monday that President Benigno Aquino has decided Manila should impose its own ban. Details were expected in the coming days.
The ship standoff at the area also known as Scarborough Shoal started April 10 when Philippine authorities suspected Chinese boats there were fishing illegally.
Chinese enforcement of its ban has previously sparked tensions with Vietnam. (AP)