When Chinese Fishermen Become 'Pirates' in the Yellow Sea

South Korea’s strong response to the recent sinking of one of its coast guard vessels is unlikely to lead to further escalation.
By Alexander Mitchell Hynd
On Friday, October 7, two South Korean Coast Guard speed boats were dispatched to deal with a group of around forty Chinese fishing vessels operating illegally in the Yellow Sea, around 40 nautical miles off the West Coast.
According to accounts by the Korean Coast Guard, eight officers from one of the small coastguard speed boats boarded one of the offending fishing ships, at which point a second fishing ship allegedly rammed and capsized the coastguard boat. A third fishing ship then hit the vessel in an additional collision, sinking it. The captain of the sunken Korean boat and the eight man boarding party were all subsequently rescued by the second ROK Coast Guard boat, and the offending Chinese fishing boats fled into Chinese waters.
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Source: thediplomat.com

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