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China has become increasingly active in addressing global environmental challenges. However, Chinese fishing practices do not conform with its policies. Using the case of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing governance, we explore why China shifted its approach from reluctance to engagement while still allowing the Chinese fleet’s IUU fishing activities to some extent. We find that China safeguards its self-interest by shaping domestic and international rules on anti-IUU fishing while pursuing legitimacy of its actions and intangible aspects of power in the oceans. Our finding has far-reaching implications for understanding China’s evolving role in fisheries and, broadly, environmental governance.
Dr. Annie Young Song is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney. She is interested in the interaction between emerging economies in Asia-Pacific and global environmental governance. Currently, her work focuses on the evolving role of China in ocean governance. https://profiles.uts.edu.au/Young.Song
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