Fish and ships: Chinese fishing and Europe’s Indo-Pacific strategy

Date: August 24, 2021

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

  • The fisheries sector has become a central geopolitical issue in the Indo-Pacific.
  • China is a major cause of the problems in the industry, thanks to the size of its fleet and the tonnage of its captures.
  • China also contributes to the erosion of ocean governance through its participation in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
  • Beijing instrumentalises its fishing fleet for geopolitical gain, as evidenced by its policy on the South China Sea.
  • These predatory fishing activities threaten Europe’s geopolitical and geo-economic interests, as well as its attempts to protect marine biodiversity.
  • Europe cannot be a bystander on the issue; it should develop a more proactive policy on fisheries.
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