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Time for China to stop its unsustainable fishing practices, Pompeo tweets expressing support for Ecuador Mike Pompeo
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Time for China to stop its unsustainable fishing practices, Pompeo tweets expressing support for Ecuador

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Aug 2020, 12:04 pm

Washington: US State Secretary MIke Pompeo has extended his support to Ecuador  for raising voice against China for allegedly violating the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states.

"It is time for China to stop its unsustainable fishing practices, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation of the oceans. We stand with Ecuador and call on Beijing to stop engaging in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing," Pompeo tweeted.

Pompeo's recent remarks came after Western media reported on 260 China-flagged vessels fishing nearing Ecuador's Galapagos marine reserve, which was seen as causing environmental degradation, reports Global Times.

In a separate statement, the US State Department said the People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements. 

"Given this unfortunate record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation, it is more important than ever that the international community stands together for the rule of law and insists on better environmental stewardship from Beijing," the Department said.

"The Ecuadorian government has done just that in raising the alarm about the hundreds of PRC-flagged vessels fishing near Ecuador’s important Galápagos marine reserve and harvesting endangered sharks for their fins, along with many other protected species," it said.

Standing beside Ecuador, US said: "We firmly support Ecuador’s efforts to ensure PRC-flagged vessels do not engage in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and stand with States whose economies and natural resources are threatened by PRC-flagged vessels’ disregard for the rule of law and responsible fishing practices."