Quad countries plan to launch tracking system to check illegal fishing by China in Indo-Pacific region: Report

This decision aims to prevent China from illegally fishing in the Indo-Pacific. (Representative image)

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Tokyo: India, the United States, Japan and Australia have planned to launch a satellite-based maritime security system at the Quad Summit in Tokyo to control China’s illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific region.

The maritime initiative will allow Quadrilateral Security Alliance (Quad) countries to keep tabs on China and monitor illegal fishing even when fishing boats have turned off transponders, which are typically used to track vessels, reported the Financial Times quoting a US official.

According to the report, the maritime security system will use satellite technology to create a system to track illegal fishing from the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific by connecting monitoring centers in Singapore and India.

The move is aimed at preventing China from carrying out its alleged illegal fishing, as the country is believed to be responsible for 95% of illegal fishing in the Indo-Pacific.

The Quad country group includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States in Tokyo. It was formed to keep strategic and important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific region free from influence while another main objective of the alliance is to offer financial aid to indebted nations in the Indo-Pacific region, indicates the report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and will join Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo for the second in-person Quad Leaders Summit in Tokyo on Tuesday, May 24.

Ahead of the visit, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter on Sunday and said, “Tonight I will be leaving for Japan to attend the second Quad Summit in person. The Quad leaders will again have the opportunity to discuss the various Quad initiatives and other issues of common interest. »

“We will also exchange views on developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest,” the prime minister said.