France, South Pacific countries fight “predatory” fishing as China expands its reach



Paris-France President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that as China expands its waters, France and South Pacific countries will launch a South Pacific Coast Guard network to counter “predatory” actions.

The United States and its allies, including France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, are actively expanding their operations in the Pacific to counter the effects of the Chinese administration.

Although the land of the Pacific Ocean is small, it controls a vast area of ​​resource-rich water called the Exclusive Economic Zone, forming a formidable boundary between the Americas and Asia.

“We want to strengthen maritime cooperation in the South Pacific to successfully deal with the predatory logic that all of us are sacrificing,” Macron said in a video with Australian leaders, representatives of the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Guinea. Said after the meeting. New Zealand and other Pacific countries.

“We plan to launch a network of South Pacific Coast Guards with three main objectives: information sharing, operational cooperation and training,” he said.

Macron did not nominate China in his last remark. Asked if the policy was aimed at expanding China, a French presidential adviser said it targeted illegal fishing “mostly by civilian actors.”

Chinese fishing fleets, from privately owned vessels to commercial trawlers belonging to listed companies, are digging deeper into Southeast Asian waters in search of new fishing grounds as resources diminish near their homes.

They set foot in the disputed waters and formed diplomatic lines not only in the countries around the South China Sea, but also in Argentina.

With island regions across the Indo-Pacific, such as the reunion of the Indian Ocean and French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, France has strengthened its defense relations with Australia and India as part of a move to counter China’s influence in the region. ..

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