Fishing War: South Korean coastguard fires machine guns at Chinese trawlers — Will quest for food make more nations lawless? Will China Continue its South China Sea Conduct?

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South Korean coastguard vessels have, for the first time, fired machine guns against Chinese boats illegally fishing in Korean waters, an official said Wednesday.

There were no casualties reported from the incident on Tuesday, which was the first of its kind since the coastguard announced last month that it would pursue a “more aggressive” firearms policy with Chinese trawlers.

Disputes over illegal fishing have dogged relations between South Korea and China for years, and there have been numerous clashes between the coastguard and Chinese crew members.

Senior coastguard official Kim Jung-shik said the order to fire came during a stand-off with some 30 Chinese fishing boats illegally operating near the South’s Yellow Sea border with North Korea.

 A Chinese fishing boat catches fires during an inspection by the South Korean coastguard in September. File photo: AP
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In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 photo provided by the South Korean Mokpo Coast Guard, a Chinese fishing boat catches fires during an inspection by the South Korean coast guard in the water off Hong Island, South Korea. South Korea’s coast guard said three Chinese fishermen have been found dead when a fire broke out on their boat after the coast guard fired a flashbang grenade at the vessel to stop it. South Korean Mokpo Coast Guard via AP

 Chinese boats banded together with ropes are chased by a South Korean coastguard helicopter and rubber boats in 2011. File photo: AFP

“They tried to ram our ships although we repeatedly warned them,” Kim told the Yonhap news agency.

“I thought our officers would be in danger if I allowed any more resistance so we ended up using the crew service weapon,” he was quoted as saying.

Initial machine gun bursts were fired into the air, but the crew were later ordered to fire on the bows of the Chinese boats that were sailing directly at the coastguard vessels.

Two Chinese trawlers were seized in the clash.

Seoul has been asking Beijing to take a tougher stand on its vessels that have entered the South’s waters in increasing numbers to satisfy growing demand at home for fresh seafood.

© AFP/File | Disputes over illegal fishing have dogged relations between Seoul and Beijing for years, and there have been numerous clashes between the South Korean coastguard and Chinese fishing vessels

Small wooden Chinese ships were once tolerated in an area where the top priority has always been guarding against potential incursions from North Korea.

But in recent years, the small boats have given way to larger steel trawlers which engage in bottom trawling – dragging a large weighted net across the seabed that sweeps up everything in its path.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042303/south-korean-coastguard-fires-machine-guns-chinese-trawlers

http://www.france24.com/en/20161102-korea-coastguard-fires-machine-guns-chinese-trawlers

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One Response to “Fishing War: South Korean coastguard fires machine guns at Chinese trawlers — Will quest for food make more nations lawless? Will China Continue its South China Sea Conduct?”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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