Sunday, June 05, 2016

Fishing for Trouble

Question: What do you call a fisherman who does not fish?

Answer: A member of the Chinese naval militia spearheading Peking's efforts to drive other nations out of the South China Sea:

Intelligence analysts have concluded that many of the Chinese fishing ships involved in confrontations with non-Chinese fishing ships and local coast guard or naval police never seem to catch any fish. It turns out that these fish-free fishing ships are being paid by the Chinese government to be pests and professional victims of oppression by other nations with claims on the South China Sea. These fishing boats do fish, but not while being paid by their government for what amounts to paramilitary duties.

States should pass laws to confiscate the vessels of repeat offenders.

And pay their own sea militias to resist China's efforts.