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China threatens foreign fishermen with jail time

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>> Beijing's latest brazen move to shun the Hague ruling on the south China sea. Last month a US court rejected China's claims to vast suedes of the disputed region. Now the government's come out with it's own interpretation of what belongs to Beijing. That includes sweeping territorial rights, and stiff punishment for anyone who gets in the way.
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Reuters Michael Martina says it's a slap in the face to China's regional rivals, and to the UN ruling.>> China's top court said it could jail people fishing illegally in Chinese waters for up to a year. For now, China seems to be equipping itself with both a strict legal justification for detention in the event that the region's fishermen are emboldened by the Hague ruling.
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And also a home-grown judicial interpretation which it says is consistent with the UN convention on the law of the sea. Now that would help it justify it's jurisdiction over a two hundred mile, exclusive economic zone around the Spratly Islands for example, something the Hague Tribunal did not recognize.
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>> The UN convention on the law of the sea may guarantee a special economic zone for the areas surrounding a nation's islands, but there are a couple of problems when it comes to China. As well as the fact that the UN's already ruled against various Chinese claims in the region, Beijing's man-made islands and built up reefs don't actually qualify to be covered by international law.
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That said, China's built up far more of the area than any other country, and has the biggest naval presence in a region where ultimately possession is nine-tenths of the law.