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South Korean Coast Guard fires at Chinese boats


11-02-2016 17:26 BJT

China's Foreign Ministry has expressed strong dissatisfaction with South Korea's use of force at Chinese fishing boats. On Tuesday, the South Korean Coast Guard fired machine guns at two fishing boats, allegedly due to illegal fishing activities in Korean waters. No casualties were reported. The foreign ministry has urged South Korea's law enforcement to refrain from force which could endanger the lives of Chinese fishermen. 

"China is strongly dissatisfied with South Korea's use of force in such cases. China has repeatedly made solemn representations to South Korea concerning its violent law-enforcement actions. Under complicated maritime conditions, utilization of lethal weapons can easily result in casualties and property loss. China urges South Korea to refrain from force, and regulate its law enforcement methods, so as to ensure the legal rights of Chinese citizens," said Hua Chunying, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Hua also said China will strengthen its regulations on its fishermen, and hopes South Korea can strengthen communication with China to deal with maritime problems appropriately. Disputes over illegal fishing have dogged relations between China and South Korea for years, and there have been numerous clashes between both sides.

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