It has been a while coming but after a UN ruling on Monday it is finally time for Chile and Peru to put their maritime differences behind them.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has given Peru a chunk of the Pacific Ocean it did not have before, while Chile has retained its rich coastal fishing grounds. So, despite smug smiles and gnashing of teeth in some corners of both countries, what looks like a split sovereignty ruling should reinforce the pledge Peru and Chile have made to remain good neighboursRead more

They don’t call them the “Fishing” islands for nothing, it seems. The territory at the centre of the protracted Sino-Japanese-Taiwanese islands dispute is known as Diaoyu in Chinese, which means fishing, and now Beijing is making sure that Chinese citizens get a taste of the islands – just in time for Chinese New Year when fish is usually high on the menu. Read more

It’s all about patriotism. Well, and a bit of fishing.

On Monday, Peru and Chile started their oral arguments before the International Court of Justice in The Hague concerning a maritime dispute. Peru filed the case with the ICJ in January 2008, arguing that the maritime border was never established. Chile argues that a fishing agreement from the 1950s works like a treaty and that it already defined the zone. Read more