FMPRC Press Conference Topics: Military Exercises and Fishing Bans

Regular press conference at China’s foreign ministry, spokesman Liu Weimin (刘为民),  on June 14, 2012. The two following questions were apparently asked as the press conference was nearing its end.

Question: Reportedly, the U.S., Japan, and South Korea will conduct joint military exercises south of the Korean peninsula. How does China comment on this?


Answer: China believes that the international community, and particularly the Asia-Pacific countries, should do more to protect peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and North-East Asia, rather than acting in an opposite direction.


Question: Chinese fishing boats are still in the Huangyan Island [Scarborough Shoal] waters for fishing-industry production. Is this in conflict with the Chinese fishing moratorium?


Answer: I suggest that you do a bit of study on the moratorium issued by the Chinese side. The moratorium puts some limits on the moratorium’s scope, and not all work is banned. The Chinese fishing boats which are currently working in the Huangyan Island  waters are not in violation of the fishing moratorium.




» Equality of States, Inquirer, May 25, 2012
» Dropping Anchor, Business Insight, May 17, 2012
» A Ban on South China Sea, AP, Jan 24, 2012


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