1 Dead as Chinese Fishermen Attack Korean Coastguard


Chinese fisherman illegally fishing in Korean waters have attacked coastguard personnel sent to remove them, with at least 1 fisherman dying when a Chinese ship sank after it allegedly rammed a coastguard ship.


In a near replay of the Senkaku incident, in the region of 50 Chinese fishing vessels were illegally fishing in the waters off the South Korean city of Gunsan, inside Korea’s EEZ.

The Korean coastguard went to remove them, but one of the Chinese ships ignored their orders to halt and instead rammed them in an effort to let the rest of the fleet escape. The fishing vessel capsized as a result of the impact, throwing its crew of 9 into the sea where 1 drowned and another 2 went missing.

The Chinese crew of the ship were filmed attacking the coastguard who closed with them using metal bars and shovels, hospitalising 4 coastguard personnel with serious injuries including broken bones. A number of fishermen were arrested soon after.

Footage of the incident:

The South Korean media immediately reported on the incident, and authorities quickly released film of the clash – the polar opposite to Japan’s supine response to the rather more territorially charged incident in the Senkaku islands.

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    Avatar of T.O.M. Morrow
    Comment by T.O.M. Morrow
    01:14 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japan should take notes. This is how it ought to have been done!

    Avatar of jamesownsall
    Comment by jamesownsall
    01:34 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Or maybe S. Korea took note of Japan's mash-up with China and acted quickly to prevent themselves from losing popularity like their collegues in Japan...

    I'd like to know what excuse the Chinese will use this time, considering neither of the two Koreas have any bitter history with China in WWII.

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    Comment by BloodLegacy
    03:40 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kind of curious how this turns up in the Japanese media, if at all.

    Avatar of Tremere
    Comment by Tremere
    02:20 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Either way hilarity would ensue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Russia and China supported North Korea during the Korean War. And China continues to do so.

    That's probably enough of a conflict to piss of S. Korea right there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The war for Taiwan occurred before the Korean war actually. And it was because the US supported Taiwan, that the Chinese decided to get even by supporting N. Korea.

    And getting even was considered such a priority that they were given A-level preferential treatment when it came to provisions/ammo/manpower etc. So they were at full strength when they went in.

    Heck, like I said before, if it hadn't been for the Chinese regulars supporting the N. Koreans, then the war would've been over, because the UN forces would've defeated the N. Korean ones.

    So your own reading of what happened and when things happened and even why they happened seems to be off.

    Plus it does little against the following argument. While the Chinese might not dislike the S. Koreans, the S.Koreans have plenty of reasons to dislike the Chinese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    S. Korean forces didn't penetrate as deep all the way into China. The Koreans were fighting against themselves, and the Chinese see themselves fit to help the north's cause due to similar communist beliefs.

    Of course, US backed the south, but all in all, it still isn't about US versus China. I see no historically relevant reason for the Chinese to have any hostility towards the South Koreans.

    Avatar of Damian
    Comment by Damian
    02:56 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how about capturing seoul?, not reasong enough?, how about the hole mess that is korea now its thanks to the chinese intervation, if they hadnt step in korea would be one.

    Avatar of Damian
    Comment by Damian
    02:50 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so 1 million chinese isnt reason enough?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If ya see the map of Korean peninsula, The northern part of the peninsula is mainly mountain range and S.Korean and American soldiers had trouble getting in there with tanks. Also Chinese and N.K infantry were already exhausted in the harsh weather in Korea too. If you look at the time line (which you will not care) China already had war against Taiwan which probably weakened that 1 million Chinese army even before the Korean war.

    Avatar of Damian
    Comment by Damian
    01:47 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well south korea has the korean war against the chinese

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The Chinese assisted the North during the Korean war. So they are involved.

    In the north was the North Koreans and the Chinese which helped the North after the North are getting their ass kicked by the States and South Koreans. That pushed the allied forces (US and South Koreans) back to their border (south border) and the armistice was later signed by both party.

    Avatar of Kitsune9Tails
    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    03:24 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    East Asian countries all hate each other (and sometimes themselves ala Cambodia and Thailand)with a passion born from many millennia worth of Chinese/Mongolian imperialism, invasions, and totalitarian rule. The Japanese invasion of WWII, then the Korean and Vietnam Wars, were only the latest in a long list of atrocities committed by all parties. They put the Israelis and Palestinians to shame with the history of their vile hatred for one another.

    So, certainly no love lost between Korea (especially South Korea) and the China.

    Avatar of Damian
    Comment by Damian
    02:49 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yes because almost 1 million chinese didnt penetrate korea to fight against the south.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Damian is probably referring to the Chinese regulars who helped the N. Koreans push back the UN and Korean forces to the 38th parallel. after McArthur was kicking the N.Koreans backside.

    If they hadn't done that, then Korea would've been unified already, and none of the current mess down there would be going on in the first place.

    So the S. Koreans do have plenty of reasons to dislike the Chinese because of that.

    Plus the whole claiming that the Kingdom of Korea belonged to China in the past thing, doesn't sit well with them either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    way you fail hard at history.

    When US aided SK while Japan continued manufacturing more minerals for troops, China jumped in and helped NK zerg rush to the south.

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    Comment by OhYeah
    04:21 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forget about between countries, in China, even the people within are very racist. Beijing folk are very racists against every non-Beijing folk on Principal. Except Shanghai. Because Shanghai folks have money.

    Avatar of Damian
    Comment by Damian
    02:53 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    also anon 02:24

    the capturing seoul thing when they enter thing......
    you know the 3 battle for seoul?

    love how he says i need to get my facts straight, advice anon if you are going to play the know it all guy, at least know what you are taking about.

    kisses, and remember books do not bite

    Comment by Anonymous

    How was the war 'against' Chinese when it was just the Koreans fighting each other? Also, while the Chinese aong with then Soviet Union did help North Korea(hint: communist bros), there wasn't any South forces penetrating into China and killing their civilians, was it? For God's sake, it's called SOUTH Korea because they're in the south, not the North which bordered right with China.

    Dude, you need to at least get things straight.

    Avatar of Tremere
    Comment by Tremere
    01:29 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Understandably the South Koreans are riled up enough having a torpedo sinking their ship and getting shelled. This sort of bullshit is the last straw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    china quality boats stand no chance

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    chinese fishermen the rats of the sea

    Avatar of Uryuu?
    Comment by Uryuu?
    01:34 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Not this shit again. Well at least Korea had a back bone on this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    serves those assholes right.. china needs to be taught a lesson. sadly though i doubt this will be the last incident china pisses people off. who can save us from china???

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not Japan, that's for sure.

    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    01:10 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    In Korea they sunk Chinese abusive fishermen, in Japan they just let them go to became the new hero of freedom.

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    Comment by starsplash
    03:49 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Attacking and killing Chinese people that are intentionally doing something illegal and releasing the film?

    I have new found respect for Korea... Way to go.

    China needs to learn their place. Their stupidity is beyond astounding levels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They didn't kill Chinese people. They drowned on their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I suppose the Darwin Awards is in order?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Its more onto that the Koreans are battle ready than the Japanese counterpart.

    Plus the Chinese fishermen are just brainless at best,even if they are trying to steal fish in their waters, just weeks after North shelled them...its the fact that the Korean navy and border patrol will be on alert during these period. They were lucky its not the Navy that went and stop them but was the border patrol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    True. With the recent events with the North, those stupid fishermen were lucky they weren't shot on site.

    Comment by Pyrolight
    01:12 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Well the technically sunk themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    and what has this story taught us?
    never try to ram a ship if your ship has "made in china" on it
    it also has been confirmed that idiotic bravado is what chinese fishermen are made of

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    04:21 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You're confusing NK with SK. We dislike NK, not SK. We like SC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm sad the ship didn't explode. When made in china products go bad, don’t they usually explode? Computer chairs...toilets...

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    04:42 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    South Korea brought us graphic novels like unbalance X2, where a guy nearly kills a woman, because she fucked with his female friend (not girlfriend). Japan brings us anime like MM!, where a guy gets off on being beaten up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seems like all those fishermen wanted a piece of the "hero" action as well. Well, unlike Japan, Korea's not afraid to do some serious shit especially with the North being the way it is now.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:15 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ah well, they were idiots from the start, entering Korea's EEZ, of all the places to fish in the region.....

    Glad Korea didn't let this get out of hand and cause another "fisherman-cum-hero" fiasco.

    Avatar of OhYeah
    Comment by OhYeah
    04:11 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    This is South Korea we are talking about. Y'know, the inventor of Starleague, the pros, an actual advanced military with ships that are not in WWII era?

    The one you are thinking of is the North Koreans. South Koreans are very much against Chinese ass kissing.

    The North Koreans don't even have a Navy. The warships that they have are either archaic or is a captured American vessel from back during the Korean war.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    07:26 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    3 Chinese down, 1,338,612,965 left, ganbatte Korea...

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    Comment by toyNN
    04:13 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    So the Korean Coastguard clearly had automatic weapons in the boarding party but allowed the Chinese to attack them with the bars and such without blasting anyone. Nice guys..those Chinese criminals should be grateful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    hahahahaha, amazing, like, hmm, where have we seen this before...... dumb chinese.... I praise Korea for the way their media handled things... unlike the Japanese 'pussy' approach...

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    Comment by Wallace Hunter
    05:41 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    North Korea does so have a navy. They have a pretty big navy for a country their size, though it's still dwarfed by their army.


    They build their own boats, and IIRC, they're mostly based on Chinese and Soviet designs.

    North Korea's capabilities and inclinations are not to be minimized. Underestimating or ignoring them is how every single incident since the Korean War has happened.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    04:07 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    I'm starting to think they were not idiots after all. I fear they were deliberately provoking neighbor countries until such an incident occurred.

    I bet chinese media will soon shout "Evil Korea kills our honest and unarmed fishermen". Let's just hope this is not part of a bigger chinese plan to justify a real military attack...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There was an incident years ago when a Chinese fishing boat entered the Philippines' territorial waters. The Chinese boat was boarded and its crew were immediately arrested and detained. They were only set free when the Chinese government apologized.

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    Comment by Elc
    15:23 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well the korean coast guard have all the right to sink that ship, look at the location... its like 300km from the nearest chinese shore, and on the opposite side... looks like about 15-20km from korean shores...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1st, Japan..
    Now, S.Korea..
    What's next N.Korea, Russia.. Vietnam.. Philippines..

    Yeah! Let's go further!! To USA!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They finally did the RIGHT thing.

    It didn't explode because it was a dood.

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    Comment by PikachuEXE
    08:12 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Anon 0227
    Maybe that ship was carrying some explosive...
    you know, they are immune from explosion...
    And the things around them inherit this property

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    China! You again..

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    Comment by Kyon Theorist
    04:41 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Maybe if they're dumb enough to do this shit to NK next the two will destroy each other. They're both nations that are quick to react in violent ways.

    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja

    Two of our most disliked countries are having a dispute. Daaaaamn.

    And china is still fishing as they wish. What do they have in their defence?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 19/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    I was hoping for Korea and China to fight it out and nuke each other. Kill 2 shit countries with 1 nuke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    well... Doesn't this show how incompetent the UN is by letting china ram 2 boats in a year

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    Comment by Renzo
    05:47 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Good job Korea ! Someone must spank those Chinese fisherman's asses

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    Comment by King Tiger
    01:20 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    word of advice for china:


    you mess them up and they will mess YOU UP!

    Korean nationalism > Chinese Nationalism
    those guys go so far as training angst teen males in the dead of winter's snow shirtless SHIRTLESS!

    they be a hardcore lot when they want to be IMO but the racism there makes Japan look more "tolerant" at best

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    Comment by alidan
    01:48 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    no they learned from japans mistakes, seemingly every fucking one of them.

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    Comment by Vu Le Khoa
    04:05 19/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cause this time, they have the proof, the video tapes, and the right to fuck up the intruders :)

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    Comment by alidan
    05:47 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    japan had proof to. they sat on their ass, sucked chinas dick, and didn't bother to have a hostage exchange. later the tape was leaked by someone who felt that it was the publics right to see it, and japan tried to, or considered, or talked about getting his ass in court for treason or something similar. and than they came out and apologized to japan, not because they didn't give them the video sooner, but because the video got out at all.

    and by the way, what ever happened to the 4 "japanese" tourists who were captured for "spying"

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact is there are about 800 Chinese fishing vessels caught annually. In this year, there were only 300, but this is the first time they rammed into the police ship.

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    Comment by alidan
    08:11 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because they are use to the japanese pussing out, no one, and i mean NO ONE ELSE IN THE FUCKING WORLD could take that shit like japan does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    KOREA: Japan, with balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "they be a hardcore lot when they want to be IMO but the racism there makes Japan look more "tolerant" at best"

    I've been in Japan for a year, and now South Korea for a few months. All of the other stuff you said about SK was true, but I have to say that they really don't feel as xenophobic as Japan at all. I generally find it easier to fit in here. Just sayin'. (This is reporting from both rural areas and Seoul.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China is already pretty much on SK's shitlist after that artillery attack last month...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please make some sense will you.. China is definitely going to protect themselves somehow saying it was an accident or blaming the other party for being at the wrong place. Another territorial conflict is going to happen and there is no way China is going to war

    Comment by Anonymous

    South Korea's retaliation of sitting there after taking a shelling from the North was a fine display of "messing them up"!

    Comparing ethnic minority figures in China and Korea, I think you'll find that it is Koreans that are more racist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    To be honest S. Korea responded with fire, they weren't just "sitting there".

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:38 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wait till Korea finds a way to make a forcefield. Then NK is good as gone.

    Also, I have to agree that Korea is more openly militaristic than Japanese. The mandatory conscription of every able-bodied male in the nation means that in a time of REAL war, there could be as many as 6-7 million South Korean males ready to fight.

    That's a WASP HIVE if there was any.

    Also, the constant ancient and not-so ancient wars against Japan, Korea, Mongolia and basically 1000+ years of constant internal civil wars made Koreans a pretty touchy nation as far as militarism goes. Which is kind of bad since that is exactly what helped create North Korea. But South Korea isn't gonna roll over and die if some nation threatens it. Not to mention a lot of Koreans have seen foreign action working with America in Iraq to Vietnam. In fact, Koreans taking a lot of the blunt violence of Vietnam head-on as America's ally there.

    Kind of funny too, how their first and last true Korean emperor was in the early 1900's. Shows you how much the Koreans have known conflict. So they just can't be equated to Japanese in how they may deal with these issues. Even if the rest of the cultures often share a ton of similarities through interdependent cultures and natural cultural exchange due to them having very similar rate of growth in the world economy and somewhat similar lifestyles.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    02:09 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 2:01 anon

    the only ones that keep the south in check is their northern counterparts >:]

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    Comment by Kortaku
    04:28 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    retaliation is fine but the South cant do any drastic military operations as there are quite a lot of North Korean artillery guns pointed at Seoul at any given moment.

    it also doesnt help that Seoul is Korea's heart and soul of industry and technology.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm aware that they fired 80+ artillery shells in return and according to SK government, significant damage had been caused. In reality though, doesn't compensate any lives lost and will not stop the North from using belligerent means.

    This is a method which has been tried and tested in the past with no results. So what is the difference to sitting around?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Training shirtless in mid winter is common in China, and the amount of teens doing that out numbers korea.

    Also SK taking a shelling from NK and did nothing but stand there with their tail between their legs. A fine display of korean nationalism

    Lol anyone can fuck with SK and get away with it.

    SK nationalism = pure xenophobic racism.

    I've been to both japan and SK and i'll say people in SK are really fucked up when ur a outsider.

    Avatar of Wallace Hunter
    Comment by Wallace Hunter
    18:48 19/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The only shit I ever got in South Korea was for not being a Christian.

    South Korean Christians are fucking nuts. (There are an awful lot of converts...converts are the craziest people in any religion, anywhere.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    just because they didnt like you doesnt mean they hate everyone you assbag.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:45 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The SK racism thing is so overblown it is ridiculous.

    I know many white westerners who went there to teach and the experience has been largely positive for them.

    Mainly because, like Japan, Koreans WORSHIP American culture and Hollywood. If you can speak flawless English, you may as well be a god there.

    Whether they welcome you wholeheartedly into a home, of course that may be a more difficult to do. But tell me, how is it different from how foreigners are treated everywhere in the world? There's always tension and unease at first.

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    Comment by Kortaku
    04:32 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    great reporting Artefact, but why use a Japanese clip about a Korean-Chinese affair? You did mention that Korean coverage was quite large on this. JW.

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    Comment by Artefact

    That was the only footage available to me at the time. Besides, I researched it on NHK, Jiji and the BBC so it's only fair.

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    Comment by Kortaku
    08:47 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    okie dokie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 19/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently Chinese fisherman use Chinese GPS systems in their boats which is spitting off the bow of the boat and seeing where the wind takes it.

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