"In Chinese eyes, the rich fishing grounds of the East and South China Seas are as critical to China's future food security as oil and gas are to its energy future. With wild fish stocks in decline and demand rising, fish has become a strategic commodity to be protected and defended, if necessary, by force...Beijing is using its fishing and paramilitary fleets for geopolitical purposes by pursuing a strategy of 'fish, protect, contest, and occupy – designed to reinforce its sovereignty and resource claims over contested islands in the Western Pacific and coerce other claimants into compliance, and acceptance, of China's position. If this policy does not reverse or moderate – and there are few signs that it will – the consequences could endanger regional stability and even China's own long-term security."
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