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Philippines police capture Chinese fishing boat in South China Sea

Philippine police confirm detention of Chinese fishing boat in waters close to the disputed Spratly Islands over haul of 500 turtles

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 8:32pm

Philippines police seized a Chinese boat near 'Half Moon Shoal' in the South China Sea on Wednesday after it was found to have hauled in 500 turtles. Philippine police confirmed the capture and said the vessel was being towed to southwestern Palawan province.

China's official Xinhua news agency earlier reported contact had been lost with 11 fishermen in the South China Sea after they were intercepted by “armed men”.

The fishermen were on board the boat Qiongqionghai 09063, which was “intercepted by an unidentified armed vessel at about 10am in waters off” the Spratly Islands, Xinhua said, citing a fishing association in Qionghai on China’s southern island province of Hainan.

Reporters were not immediately able to reach officials in Hainan for comment. It was also not clear from the report if the fishermen were Chinese nationals.

China claims almost the entire oil- and gas-rich South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts or all of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

There are frequent tensions in the South China Sea between China and the other claimant nations, particularly Vietnam and the Philippines, both of which say Beijing has harassed their ships in the waters there.

On Tuesday, China warned Vietnam not to disturb activities of Chinese companies operating near disputed islands in the South China Sea, after Hanoi condemned as illegal the movement of a giant Chinese oil rig into what it says is its territorial water.



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A Matsui
The Philippines police if not kidnapping and extorting from the folks in Manila and elsewhere are also working as pirates in the South China Sea. It's about time to destroy this menace.
How About
Ahhh the US Navy Seals are now gainfully deployed at the Taiping Island, but to pester fishermen?
Days ago we heard Vietnam with ~3 national satellites for telecommunication somehow had the geo-sensing intell to protest the Chinese at the Paracels and PP is prosecuting fishermen in territorial waters not belonging to them, looks like Obama's April Asia trip did wonders after all!
So let there be no doubt what the USA stands for....
Well saves China the trouble to arrest these criminals. They were after all poachers with 500 turtles, which are of course protected. Also under Chinese law.
How About
Speaking of which, one of the first- Ferdinand Magellan ran into Philippine 400+ years ago and left their indelible DNA on the islander ever since. Wasn't an established fact that PP apologized to Taiwan ROC in 2013 for cowardly killing a fisherman somewhere near the Taiping Island? These are likely SEALS, and they want to rile up China.
To A Matsui- the Mindanao Muslims are generally the good guys but as they were kept out of the infrastructure & developments by their northern catholic compatriots - with no hope of any reprieve so kidnapping becomes a good line of credit. FYI why did Manila humble themselves to HKSAR with apology & $20M+ payout, Pagcor have been bleeding hard in their new casinos without any sight of HK or Chinese, they even invited the the City of Dreams team down there to drum up business.
So it's peanuts compared to what the Chinese Whales can bring in, just to be courteous and respectful for once [but you can tell they hate doing it, Estrada got the short straw]...
Illegal trawling for endangered species...sounds like a just reason and action. They should fine the ship's captain and hold all the crew until the fine is paid. Release the turtles!!!
Formerly ******
@ How About:
Hey, clown, very few Philippine muslims have ever tried to integrate into Philippine society. It's been a as such since before Magellan landed there. They've always wanted to be independent of Manila.
And how about you stop writing such nonsensical, fantasy conspiratorial (tinfoil hat stuff), hate-the-Westerner dribble? Apparently, some idiot left his "indelible DNA" in your genetic construction.
和你能不能不要寫這種荒謬、 幻想陰謀 (錫箔帽子東西)、 仇恨西方人運球嗎?顯然,一些白癡你遺傳的施工中是離開他"留下了不可磨滅的 DNA"。
More pirates!
all this is childsplay, if they annoy us too much we'll blow them away. Time for ANSCHLUSS!!
How About
Still as unintelligible in English as in Chinese, and an obvious Muslim hater! No? Then define 'western', what Magellan stood for at the time, or prove "...very few Philippine muslims have ever tried to integrate into Philippine society". May be you should google p o r n and knock yourself out, rather than taking a shot at history which is obviously not in your DNA.
Oh, thank you for following me around with Unlikes!


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