China fishing boats cordon off Spratlys | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese fishing fleet composed of 30 vessels sailed on Monday from Hainan province to the disputed Spratly islands in the West Philippine Sea for a “40-day operation,” a report in the state-run China Daily said yesterday.“The 40-day operation is the second of its kind organized by local fishery associations after Sansha city was established in June last year,” the report read. Each vessel in the fleet weighs more than 100 metric tons. The journey is expected to take four days.The first fishing expedition, also comprising 30 boats, was held in July last year. China Daily quoted Li Nianyou, deputy director of the Hainan provincial department of ocean and fisheries, as saying that his office would “make every effort to guarantee the fleet’s safety.”

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