China on May 18 rejected an objection by Vietnam to a temporary fishing ban in the South China Sea imposed by Beijing, saying the move is aimed at protecting marine resources in an area under China’s jurisdiction.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei made the remarks in response to Vietnam’s objection to China’s two-month fishing moratorium.
Hong said China’s relevant authorities have implemented fish moratorium for many years in the sea areas under China’s jurisdiction.
China’s annual fishing ban is a normal administrative measure to protect marine resources, Hong said.
“This is also a normal measure for China to fulfill its international responsibility and obligation,” he said.
China last week announced the temporary ban on fishing in parts of the South China Sea between May 16 and Aug 1.