Missing fishing boat detained by Vietnam
( 2003-09-27 15:34) (Xinhua)
It's been confirmed that a Chinese fishing boat thought to have gone missing
off the south coast of China has been detained by Vietnam.
The Chinese Embassy in Vietnam has made a request to visit the detained
crewmembers. An official from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said China is shocked
by the detention.
A number of such incidents have occurred in the Beibu Gulf area in recent
years, and the official said that China hopes Vietnam will take practical
measures to prevent them happening again.
also asked for the detainees to be released unconditionally and for the Vietnamese government to
explain their actions.
Chinese fishing boats came under sudden fire from Vietnamese ships on Tuesday
while fishing in the north of the Beibu Gulf. One boat managed to flee and
return to China.