WASHINGTON Jan 9 The United States on Thursday
called new Chinese fishing restrictions in disputed waters in
the South China Sea "a provocative and potentially dangerous
The legislature of China's Hainan province approved rules in
November that took effect on Jan. 1 requiring foreign fishing
vessels to obtain approval to enter waters under its
"The passing of these restrictions on other countries'
fishing activities in disputed portions of the South China Sea
is a provocative and potentially dangerous act," State
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a news briefing.
"China has not offered any explanation or basis under
international law for these extensive maritime claims."
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Sandra Maler)