One South Korean Coast Guard commando was killed and another was injured in stabbings by Chinese sailors caught for fishing illegally in the Yellow Sea off Incheon, west of Seoul, Monday, the Coast Guard said.
After being stabbed by the Chinese captain, the 41-year-old corporal surnamed Lee was rushed to a hospital in Incheon but died soon after arriving there due to severe organ damage, the Coast Guard said.
Lee had been holding the Chinese captain near the steering wheel after his commando team seized the 66-ton Chinese shipping vessel in the Coast Guard’s raid operation in waters about 85 kilometers off Socheong Island around 7:00 a.m.
The Chinese captain suddenly broke a window pane on the ship and stabbed the corporal several times with a piece of broken glass, according to the Coast Guard.
The other officer, identified only as a 33-year-old Lee, sustained an injury to his stomach and was undergoing treatment at the same Incheon hospital, it noted. [Yonhap]
You can read more at the link but this is absolutely ridiculous and it will be interesting to see what both the South Korean and Chinese response to this will be. Will South Korea heavily prosecute this guy or give him a slap on the hand in order to not anger China? Will the Chinese government try to pressure the South Korean government to go light on this guy? Will the Chinese government finally do something to stop these out of control fishermen?
It will also be interesting to see what the reaction of the South Korean public and media will be? Will they show as much interest in this murder as the Dongducheon rape case involving a USFK servicemember? Will the Korean activist groups demand repeated apologies from the President of China like they did of President Bush after the 2002 Armored Vehicle Accident? If you read the rest of the article you will see that the Chinese ambassador has offered no apologies for the murder unlike USFK leadership that seems to have to immediately apologize for every time a USFK servicemember farts in Itaewon. Will the Korean media and activist groups demand that the ambassador apologize? I guess we will see.
You can read more on this issue over at the Marmot’s Hole.