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Korea Vows to Crackdown on Chinese Fishermen

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won vowed today to conduct a stronger crackdown on Chinese fishermen’s illegal fishing in South Korean waters amid their growing violence against South Korean authorities.

Hundreds of Chinese fishermen are arrested each year for illegally crossing into and fishing in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, often leading to violent clashes with South Korean Coast Guard officials.

In early October, a Chinese captain was shot dead while trying to escape a crackdown after illegally entering South Korea’s exclusive waters in the latest in a series of similar incidents. The incident has caused diplomatic tensions between the two nations to flare up.

The prime minister said in a national policy coordination meeting that illegal fishing committed collectively by Chinese fishing boats is hurting our fishermen’s haul and damaging their fishing gear, as well as posing threats to the lives of our Coast Guard agents.

To better fight illegal fishing by Chinese fishermen, the government will take a range of new measures, including the introduction of much beefed-up crackdown forces and a revision of the South Korea-China agreement on fishery cooperation, according to the result of the meeting.

Source: Busan eFM News


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