With a marine police guard, around 100 fishing vessels set out from south China's Hainan Province Wednesday noon, marking the end of fishing ban in the South China Sea this summer.
Thanks to joint efforts by China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South China Sea, clouded with uncertainty a year ago, has significantly stabilized today.
he foreign ministers of China and ASEAN endorsed the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea on Saturday for eventual adoption at the ASEAN-China meeting on Sunday in Manila, the Philippines, a substantial step toward calming disputes in the waterway and reaching a long-term solution to a once thorny issue.
China will work with ASEAN countries to uphold stability in the South China Sea, consult on a code of conduct (COC) and maritime cooperation, and guide the East Asian regional cooperation.
Global trade through the South China Sea totaled 28 trillion U.S. dollars from 2008 to 2016, with annual value rising from 2.61 trillion dollars in 2008 to 3.37 trillion in 2016, a U.S. leading think tank said in a report on Friday.
The Chinese Ministry of National Defense on Thursday said that the Chinese navy had coordinated with the U.S. search for a missing U.S. sailor in the South China Sea.
The unmanned submersible "Faxian" is elevated from the sea aboard Chinese research vessel "Kexue" during an operation to detect a cold seep in the South China Sea, July 24, 2017.