China's summer fishing moratorium started Wednesday in the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the waters north to 12 degrees north latitude of the South China Sea.
On Friday, 37 heads of state or government will attend the second Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation in Beijing. Over 5,000 participants from more than 150 countries and 90 international organizations are scheduled to attend the three-day event.
Rescuers are searching for eight fishermen, including three from Macao, who have been missing off the Pearl River Estuary in south China for more than two days.
Discussions over joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea could soon be stirred up once more, as China's first self-developed semi-submersible drilling platform completed its first deep-water well, a breakthrough for China's exploration of deep-water oil and gas in the South China Sea.
China and the Philippines wrapped up their bilateral talks on the South China Sea issues here on Wednesday, with both sides hoping for an early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.