“Zero tolerance for environmental crimes!” the Environment Minister of Ecuador tweeted (in Spanish) in response to news that the crew of a Chinese fishing boat was being punished for illegal activity near Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.
The Chinese-flagged boat, named Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 (福远渔冷999), was caught on August 13 in the Galápagos marine reserve with over 300 tons of fish, including 6,600 sharks of largely protected or endangered species, AFP reports. A previous AFP report quotes an official who says that at least some of the fish appear to be sourced from inside the reserve.
On August 27, the captain of the boat was sentenced to four years in prison, the top three officers received three years each, and all other crew members will be behind bars for one year. Additionally, the crew was ordered to pay Galápagos National Park $5.9 million dollars. Reuters adds that Ecuador has “sent a formal protest to China over the presence of ships near the Galápagos” — AFP mentions that residents of the islands are unhappy with a fleet of around 300 Chinese boats that sit in international waters “just outside the marine reserve.”
Ecuador is not the only country dealing with illegal Chinese fishing off its coast. For example, in April, the New York Times reported (paywall) on how Chinese boats are swarming the oceans off of West Africa, decimating livelihoods in fishing villages in Senegal as they struggle to satisfy food demand back home. The Times cites research that indicates that in Senegal and elsewhere, “as many as two-thirds of those boats engage in fishing that contravenes international or national laws.”
Aftermath of resolution with India (?)
China says weather a factor in building roads along disputed India border / Reuters
Bhutan cheers as India, China reach deal on border dispute / AFP
Opinion: Withdrawal of troops by China from Doklam is a triumph for Indian diplomacy: Shashi Tharoor / One India
Opinion: Countering Chinese coercion: the case of Doklam / War on the Rocks
Can China-India row be the catalyst for a dispute resolution system among top emerging nations? / SCMP
Donald Trump rejected China steel offer that his officials backed / FT (paywall)
Comment from the Sinocism newsletter: “Following on the Monday Axios report about Trump demanding a plan for tariffs on China, the Financial Times reports that Trump rejected a Chinese deal for steel capacity cuts and humiliated Commerce Secretary Ross in the process.
I had heard that Commerce Secretary Ross and the Chinese side went into the July Comprehensive Economic Dialogue meeting thinking they had a deal to announce, and the Chinese were shocked to learn that day that Trump had killed it, for being too small.”
The arithmetic of Party-speak / Medium
An analysis by David Bandurski of the China Media Project.
China says North Korea tensions have reached ‘tipping point’ / AFP
Pakistani, Chinese officials discuss Afghanistan amid tension with U.S. / Reuters
Ex-senior official at economic planning agency sentenced over bribes / Caixin