Feature: Tell you a true Yongxing Island

China Military Online
Zhang Tao


The picture shows a scene of the Generals Forest on Yongxing Island.

To protect marine organisms, catching sea turtle and collecting coral are strictly prohibited on the Yongxing Island and inspections are implemented irregularly. Domestic wastes on the island are also properly disposed, some of which are transported to the mainland for treatment. There is also a sewage treatment station on the island that can treat wastewater into reclaimed water for reuse.

In addition to professional protection of the eco-environment, the stationing sailors' use of international laws is even more impressive.

Jin Lei, staff officer of the combat training department of the stationing naval troops, explained in great detail how to apply a number of international laws and rules when interviewed by the journalist, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea. These are the international laws and regulations most frequently used by the PLA Navy in the South China Sea.

Jin Lei introduced that the U.S. had a long history of using international laws and was good at handling matters with such laws. China started late in this area but now it was also able to use international laws to its own advantage. Evidence is critical in law. Jin Lei recalled that when they first started collecting evidences, they could only take photos of ships of the other side but not its dynamic status, so the photos couldn't serve as valid evidences.

However, "Today when we detect ships, we use the Beidou system aboard our ship to report our position and the other side's position frequently and make a video of the whole process. Since both sides' dynamic status and sailing direction are recorded in the tape, it's clear who violated relevant international laws," Jin said.

According to Jin Lei, "If we detect foreign ships carrying out illegal fishing activities in Chinese sea areas, we will notice the coast guard and maritime authority and let public service vessels to deal with the situation."

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