South Korean marines conduct a crackdown against China's illegal fishing in neutral waters around Ganghwa island, South Korea in June. Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations between China and US ally South Korea, even as their economic relations grow close. File photo: AP

South Korea vows armed crackdown against Chinese fishing boats after sinking of coast guard ship

A patrol boat sank last week during an operation against a group of Chinese vessels fishing illegally off the Korean peninsula’s west coast

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South Korean marines conduct a crackdown against China's illegal fishing in neutral waters around Ganghwa island, South Korea in June. Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations between China and US ally South Korea, even as their economic relations grow close. File photo: AP
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