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LinkAsia | Jan 14
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And now, for the latest in East Asian territorial disputes. Chinese fishing boats entering South Korean waters illegally are becoming more aggressive towards the South Korean coast guard. Here's South Korean broadcaster MBC with the story.
A Chinese fishing boat was spotted fishing illegally inside the South Korean Exclusive Economic Zone. A patrol ship sounded a warning and went after it. Two high-speed craft closed the gap but failed to get on board, because the Chinese fishing boat set up iron-plated-‘barricades’ on the hull to keep the coast guard off. They also installed sharp spears on both sides of the hull.
Gang Soon-young, Jeju Coast Guard:
They surrounded the whole ship with barriers, making it impossible for an inspector to board.
In the past, the Chinese used to run away when they got caught, but they are now getting violent and strategic. And, the coast guard is struggling to draw up effective plans to clamp down on the Chinese fishing boats.
Moon Je-gil, Jeju Coast Guard:
We're going to track the positions of Chinese fishing boats more quickly using aircraft, and will take preemptive action using various tactics.
By the end of last month, 316 illegal Chinese boats had been seized in South Korean waters. Despite fines totaling $7.3 million dollars, illegal fishing operations are not declining.