Two Chinese fishing boats and 36 Chinese fishermen were seized by Russia, as they were said to have entered Russia’s exclusive economic zone in its far eastern Primorsky region for illegal fishing, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua, citing Chinese consulate in the port city of Vladivostok.
The two trawlers were from the city of Weihai in China’s eastern Shandong province. One carried 17 fishermen while the other had 19 on board.
A Russian coast guard vessel, the Dzerzhinsky, fired warning shots and then opened targeted fire to stop a Chinese fishing ship after three-hour chase, because the Chinese ship attempted to flee.
None of the Chinese fishermen were injured or killed during the incident, said Xinhua.
But earlier reports on Chinese websphere have said that one Chinese fisherman fell into the sea and went missing, when the Russian coastal guard vessel ran into the fishing boat, according to a Russian media.
Therefore, it has greatly confused Chinese netizens. Disappointment was provoked among the public too over the Chinese government’s weak response to such a rare confrontation between the two countries.
Russia is considered an ally by the CCP, but to counter China’s influence, Russia has strengthened its political presence in Far East and supplied weapons to countries like India and Vietnam.