ROK Coat Guard Commandos forcibly board Chinese fishing vessels exploiting and ignoring South Korea's Exclusive Economic Zone on November 16th, 2011

ROK Coast Guard Commandos forcibly board Chinese fishing vessels found exploiting and ignoring South Korea's Exclusive Economic Zone on November 16th, 2011 (Source: Dong-a Ilbo / AFP - Getty Images)

This humble author set out to break down the most recent row between Korea and Japan, compiling what could easily have turned into a crazy 10,000 word opus on recent Chinese disregard for Exclusive Economic Zones. As the American Thanksgiving Holiday set in, he put aside his thoughts, writings, and research, instead focusing on eating turkey, drinking beer, and watching football.

After days of mashing the topic around in his head like the potatoes and gravy on too many plates of Thanksgiving leftovers, he came to the conclusion that simplicity would best serve this piece.

As such, this author asks that you look at the picture (more here as well) and caption above, one more time, noting the date of November 16, 2011. He then asks that you read the text below, published in KBS World on October 25th, 2011:

“The two nations (South Korea and China) have also agreed to ban fishing vessels from operating in the (EEZ) zone for three years if they are convicted of one of three serious illegal activities such as fishing without a permit, resisting arrest or trespassing in territorial waters.”

Congrats to China for lasting three whole weeks and hitting the full trifecta of serious illegal activities in one fell swoop!

This author will save a lengthy foray into this topic for future EEZ infringements, as he’s sure there will be future opportunities to tackle the subject. Until then, enjoy the hypocrisy!

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Craig was born & raised in the United States, having recently returned there after over five years in Asia. He is currently pursuing further education in the realms of East Asian Studies and Politics. Craig is an avid fan of the political, economic, and military machinations occurring throughout the Asian continent and how those turning gears affect the rest of the world. He's currently covering both North and South Korea for Asia Security Watch, enjoying shedding light on to this far-too-often ignored slice of Asia.
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