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China regrets ROK coast guard's death

By Zhang Yunbi and Liu Ce (China Daily)

08:52, December 14, 2011

BEIJING - China regrets the death of a Republic of Korea (ROK) Coast Guard officer during a clash with crewmembers of a Chinese fishing boat in the Yellow Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Two ROK Coast Guard officers clashed on Monday with Chinese fishermen. One person was also injured in the incident.

"It is an unfortunate incident," ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at a daily news conference, adding that China regrets the loss of life.

Related authorities from both countries are updating each other and trying to verify the details of the incident as quickly as possible, said the spokesman.

Liu said Beijing is willing to coordinate with Seoul to achieve an appropriate solution.

The ROK's Yonhap News Agency said on Tuesday that the country's Coast Guard accused the Chinese captain of stabbing the 41-year-old officer to death when his boat was caught "illegally fishing" in the Yellow Sea, and it would seek an arrest warrant for the captain.

However, the 42-year-old captain of Chinese fishing boat Luwenyu 15001 denied the accusations during questioning, the Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard also accused the Chinese captain of violating the ROK's exclusive economic zone.

More details are needed to get a clearer picture of the incident, experts said.

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arkhangelsk at 2011-12-14210.177.156.*
Comrade Lu Chao should hang himself. If it could be somehow proved it was in so-called transitional waters, does he want to justify it as self-defence?
nick at 2011-12-1474.64.51.*
lu Chao should ask himself whether china would have acted similarly if korean fishermn stabbed chinese coast guards. it doesnt matter if it happened in territorial waters or the EEZ, or even international waters. the civilised response is to go back to land and settle disagreements through discussions. it is never ok to use violence, as we have seen video of chinese fisherman do to korean cast guard. look it up, fishermen swing shovels and iron pipes at boarding parties while koreans fire water canons and teargas in response.
  

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