Chinese fisherman killed

A Chinese fisherman has died from injuries sustained from a rubber bullet shot by the South Korean Marine police. According to Chosun report (in Korean) the Mokpo marine police came across some 30 odd Chinese fishing boats, all unlicensed and operating illegally in EEZ, (Junam Shinan-kun Huksan-myun 90 km from Hongdo island) and attempted to proceed with insepction. However, the Chinese fishermen refused to comply and fought back with metal saws and knives.
Feeling threats to their own safety, the police tried to capture two of the Chinese boats (100t) by using riot-control gear, but one of the rubber bullets hit a 44 year old Chinese fisherman around his chest area.
After first aid, they moved him to a hospital in Mokpo by helicopter and tried to save him but he died.
Now an investigation is on the way to determine what exactly took place with the help of other Chinese fishermen and the Korean marine police.

Although protest from China is fully expected (apparently they asked the Koreans to refrain from using guns, see Marmot’s previous post here ) from the Korean commenters the general mood is not so sympathetic at all, understandably still upset from the murder of the Korean policeman less than a year ago.

Rather than the island disputes, these are real sanctioned invasion of territory and stealing of fish (the estimate of Korean loss is huge), and should be given priority.

  • enomoseki

    Korea should adopt Russian style of eradicating illegal ships entering their territory.

  • SomeguyinKorea


    Somali pirates in Russian waters?

    Riot gear? Rubber bullets? The Canadian Coastguard and Navy have been known to shoot at the bow of ships that are illegally fishing withing Canadian territorial waters with .50 cal machine guns.

  • WangKon936

    Due to these “aggressive” Chinese tactics, this was bound to happen.

  • cm

    The Chinese Embassy in Seoul strongly protests the killing.

  • Wedge

    The sad thing is they apologized when they should have said the guy had it coming for resisting arrest.

  • geronl

    What a mess. China vs Japan, China vs ROK, China vs Taiwan, China vs Philippines, ROK vs NorKs, Japan vs ROK (Dokdo)

  • yuna

    #5 Don’t put words into other governments’ mouths, if you don’t have a clue. If 유감을 표명 can be construed as “to apologize”, the South Koreans really haven’t got a leg to stand on with regards to apologies it claims it needs to receive from the Japanese.

  • cm

    China demands South Korea stop “violent law enforcements” against Chinese fishermen. China also demands that South Korea “punish the people who were involved in the killing”.

    Nothing surprises anymore about the arrogance of China. It is as expected. I would also expect South Korea to give into all of these Chinese demands – especially after seeing what the Chinese did to the Japanese economy in China.

  • R. Elgin

    “cm” is obviously correct in this case.
    Is such obvious to Korean business and their government though?

  • cm

    Elgin, there seems to be a difference this time though. The Chinese embassy in Seoul have lodged a protest to the South Korean government. But the foreign ministry of China has not officially stepped up their position. Another thing, in the past, the Chinese government controlled media did not report that their fishing boats were invading Korean waters nor did they report that Chinese fishermen were using violence to repel Korean coast guards. All this seems to have changed, as now the Chinese media are reporting that the Chinese were in Korean waters and that they were resisting arrest by using home made weapons. So what changed China’s behavior all of a sudden? China’s clash with Japan. China doesn’t want to make another enemy in Korea, while they’re busy with Japan. So for now, China will probably do its best to down play this incident. South Korea, also, too busy with Japan, will also try to downplay this incident to avoid angering China.

  • yuna

    Video footages – it’s like the Chinese come in an Armada of makeshift Kobuksun (turtle ship)

  • slim

    “So what changed China’s behavior all of a sudden? China’s clash with Japan. China doesn’t want to make another enemy in Korea, while they’re busy with Japan.”

    Bingo, cm. I’d add that the Communist Party congress that opens in a few weeks has forced Beijing (temporarily) to adopt more reasonable behavior and not stir any more pots unnecessarily.

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  • yuna

    I wouldn’t call it positive. I agree with the majority of the Korean commenters who wrote after that article that if anything it shows the scary power of the media/sentiment control of the Chinese government a complete 180 degrees turn – too busy manipulating the anti-Japanese sentiment to stoke another anti-Korea fire going at the same time. It just shows how easy it was to keep the fishermen/thugs from coming over in the first place.

  • cm

    I agree with yuna here. This just shows that the Chinese government could have easily stopped this, if they wanted to. Their recent actions speaks volume to how much control they have over their citizens/netizens.

    This Chinese government is a despicable regime.

  • slim

    There is significance in the precedent of China acknowledging the violence of its fisherman. (regardless of what it tells its own people, which is often different from what actually is happened) South Korea can and must use that going forward. Seoul has to keep even with Pyongyang on how it turns back or deep sixes Chinese fish pirates.