Here is another country having problems with Chinese fishing boats:
The Philippines and China continued looking for a diplomatic solution to a naval standoff on Thursday, even as Manila sent a second vessel to disputed islands in the South China Sea.
Philippines Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raul Hernandez said a coast guard boat has been sent to the Scarborough Shoal, located about 230 km off the northwestern Philippines.
It will join the Philippine Navy’s largest vessel, the U.S.-built Gregorio del Pilar, which since Tuesday has been in a standoff with two Chinese surveillance vessels that blocked the arrest of a group of Chinese fishermen there.
Both sides say they prefer to solve the situation diplomatically, but warn that they will take further steps to protect their sovereign rights to the group of islands, which are known as Panatag in the Philippines, and as Huangyan Island in China. [Chosun Ilbo]
It looks to me like the Chinese are trying to provoke an over response from the Philippines using these fishing boats in order to build up domestic support to militarily push their claims over the various islands in the South China Sea. Looking on Google Earth the Scarborough Shoal is no where near China and off the coast of the Philippines. Here is one of the pictures posted on Google Earth of the shoal which appears to be a more impressive rock formation than Dokdo:
What I find interesting is that the pictures posted on Google Earth is by someone from China claiming the shoal for China which has ignited an online conflict between Chinese and Filipino commenters on the various pictures. It makes me wonder if the Chinese government is deliberately having people post these pictures and comments?
Oh by the way I also noticed on Google Earth that not to far from the shoal is a Vietnamese oil rig which makes me believe this is about more than just fishing grounds.