Foreign ministry press conference, Beijing, October 24, with spokeswoman Jiang Yu (姜瑜), quoted by chinanews.com (中新网).
Q: [..] According to reports, South Korean police detained three Chinese fishing vessels on October 22, and are conducting investigations against some of the fishermen. Could you confirm?
A: As for your first question, the general consulate in Gwangju is working hard on this matter and asked the Korean side to keep the law enforcement process civilized, avoiding force, and to practically guarantee the safety and legal rights of the people from the Chinese side. The Chinese authorities in charge will follow the development closely.
Global Times (English edition), October 25 (local time):
The sea disputes that some countries have created not only threaten China’s long-term interests over the sovereignty of its sea borders, but also challenge the unity of China’s politics on the issue. Growing voices urging the government to “strike back” will eventually form through influence.
Currently, China’s mainstream understanding is that it should first go through the general channels of negotiating with other countries to solve sea disputes. But if a situation turns ugly, some military action is necessary.
This public sentiment will influence China’s future foreign policy. Countries currently in sea disputes with China may have failed to spot this tendency, as they still perceive China through conventional wisdom. Thus, the South China Sea, as well as other sensitive sea areas, will have a higher risk of serious clashes.
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» Sino-Vietnamese Communiqué, October 16, 2011
» The Nine-Dotted Line, FOARP, September 30, 2011
» Hit and Tow, Legal Education, June 10, 2011
» Chinese Trawler collides with Korean Coast Guard Boat, December 18, 2010
» A Nefarious Turn, September 25, 2010
» Zhao Nianyu’s Three Taiwan Commandments, June 19, 2010