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S. Korea says Chinese skipper kills coastguard

(Shanghai Daily)

19:34, December 12, 2011

A Chinese fishing boat skipper stabbed a South Korean coastguard officer to death and wounded another officer today as they tried to arrest him for illegal fishing, officials said.

It was the second time in less than four years that a South Korean coastguard officer had been killed, amid increasingly violent clashes in the rich fishing grounds of the Yellow Sea which separates the two countries.

South Korea summoned Chinese ambassador Zhang Xinsen to lodge a strong protest, the foreign ministry said.

"This should have not happened. This is extremely tragic," a presidential spokesman told reporters.

The 41-year-old victim surnamed Lee was rushed by helicopter to hospital in the city of Incheon west of Seoul but died of organ failure.

The coastguard said it launched an operation early today to seize two Chinese fishing boats 85 kilometers off Socheong island, and managed to take control of a 66-tonne boat.

But the other boat suddenly rammed the seized vessel, prompting nine Chinese fishermen on board the captured boat to start attacking officers.

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ASEAN at 2011-12-15220.255.1.*
@arkhangelsk, Oh ya ? From the sound of it ? What sound are you talking ? The sound from your mass media ? You are like those uneducated people who try to project themselves as holy and educated elites. Who are you to jump to conclusion that it is entirely the Chinese Captain fault ? Were you there ? The possibilities are many. It could be that the SKorean navy entered Chinese"s sea, it could be that the captain was very sure that he is in Chinese territory and that the SKorean navy board their fishing vessels without regards to international law. Supposing you was the Chinese captain fishing in your own territory and the SKorean naval officers board your vessel and start destroying your fishing nets,fishing equipments, damage your ship engine, etc would you not put up a fight ? Or are you got no gut ? Let"s not jump to conclusion.
arkhangelsk at 2011-12-12219.73.8.*
From the sounds of it, the Chinese fisherman Captain is entirely at fault. I hope China not apply any pressure to force other countries to release one of their hooligans again. Should the fisherman be returned, I hope China can provide him a fair trial and if the facts warrant (as they seem to right now), to accord him the most severe punishment.

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