A wooden boat carrying asylum seekers in waters off Christmas Island, Australia in 2012. Since the tough measures were adopted, which the government says are essential to prevent deaths at sea, Australia has gone more than 1,000 days since the last asylum-seeker vessel reached its shores. File photo: AP

Boat carrying suspected people smugglers and Chinese men landed on Australian island

Five of the men have been returned to China while two, including the Papua New Guinean, were arrested and charged with people-smuggling

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A wooden boat carrying asylum seekers in waters off Christmas Island, Australia in 2012. Since the tough measures were adopted, which the government says are essential to prevent deaths at sea, Australia has gone more than 1,000 days since the last asylum-seeker vessel reached its shores. File photo: AP
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