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Police say they fired at vessel when it didn't stop after being spotted
A crewmember of a Chinese vessel that allegedly poached giant clams off the waters of Palau was shot dead by police after a confrontation on Saturday.

The fisherman died in a hail of bullets designed to stop the Chinese vessel fishing, while five men, all believed to be Chinese, were taken from the burning ship and have been charged with unlawful entry and illegal fishing in Palau waters, according to charges filed by Assistant Attorney General Timothy McGillicuddy.

The Guam-based KUAM News reported that 25 Chinese nationals had been taken into custody and could face charges, but neither Beijing nor Palau confirmed the report.

Police from Palau's Fish and Wildlife Division fired warning shots at the vessel when it didn't stop after being detected near a conservation area at dawn on Saturday, AFP reported.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry's official micro blog said on Wednesday that the ministry and Chinese embassy in Micronesia, another island country near Palau, were investigating the case and would verify the fishermen's identities as soon as possible. Palau, some 800 kilometers east of the Philippines, has diplomatic relations with Taipei, instead of Beijing.

Palau President Johnson Toribiong issued a statement in which he did not mention the shooting or arrests but said a US-licensed pilot and two police officers were missing 48 hours after their plane crashed while searching for the fishing vessel's mothership, which had been set alight. The single-engine Cessna aircraft left the Palau National Airport on Sunday, but more than three hours after it was due to return the pilot radioed that his navigational systems had failed and he was running out of fuel.

The US Coast Guard and a mega-yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen were still searching for the crew on Wednesday.

The US is currently responsible for the defense of Palau, which gained independence in 1994. Palau closely guards its territorial waters after declaring the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009, banning shark fishing in its exclusive economic zone, which covers almost 630,000 sq km of the northern Pacific.

The charge of unlawful entry into Palau, which has a population of 20,000, carries a penalty of up to two years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine.

The top priority now is to verify the fishermen's nationalities and find out what really happened, said Xia Liping, deputy dean of the Department of Diplomacy with China Foreign Affairs University.

"If they did break the local and international laws, what China needs to do is to provide them with the necessary legal assistance, such as helping them to find interpreters and lawyers," she said.

Meanwhile, Chinese nationals should enhance legal and self-protection awareness to avoid consular disputes, she added.

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Post time 2012-4-5 11:26:00 |Display all floors
The Palau Islands are owned and operated but the U.S. so to speak.
Why wouldn't they be gun happy. They probably learned their 'shot first, ask questions later'
philosophy from their masters. So now they have to defend their death sentence to alleged
clam poachers to the world.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Unfortunately there are Chinese fishing vessels looting ther waters of the entire Pacific, streteching as far as the waters of Australia and South America. Thousands of Chinese vesssels are detained each year in foreign waters. It is almost inevitable that some confrontations are going to end in bloodshed. This will not be the last case we hear of.

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Post time 2012-4-6 00:56:28 |Display all floors
How will the fishermen pay US$ 50,000 each?  Its absurd.   But why is the US responsible for their defence?  Probably they got a chance to build another base..  or maybe by arm twisting.
China should ask for a quick settlement of this issue.

"The US Coast Guard and a mega-yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen were still searching for the crew on Wednesday."  
Is the yacht named "BING"?
if you can be happy with what you have, dont wait for more

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Post time 2012-4-6 01:07:18 |Display all floors
With them softies in the driving seats, whose afraid of them clipped dragon claws?
"They employ softpower softwares", we brownies are laughting at the Chinese.

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Post time 2012-4-6 02:53:00 |Display all floors
questioner Post time: 2012-4-4 21:21
Unfortunately there are Chinese fishing vessels looting ther waters of the entire Pacific, stretechi ...

Comment ""vanwilder  i tend to think that the ones looting the world are europeans, americans, canadians, australians
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You got that right. This guy is so busy kissing capitalist butt he's forgotten all about recent history.
Him and his buddies all think their own chit don't stink.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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Post time 2012-4-14 12:16:54 |Display all floors

RE: Chinese crewman shot dead in waters off Palau

This post was edited by sansukong at 2012-4-14 11:20

25 fishermen held in Palau to be freed

Global Times | April 14, 2012 00:20
By Jin Jianyu

The 25 Chinese fishermen who were kept in custody in Palau will be released Wednesday after they agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the government, Palau's Supreme Court said Friday.

The captain of the detained fishing boat, who was not named, said that they voluntarily accepted the settlement, which involved compensating the Palau government for their alleged unlawful fishing in the Pacific island country's conservation area, Xinhua reported.

Wen Zhencai, a counselor at the Chinese embassy in Micronesia, said that the Chinese government will dispatch a plane to send the sailors home, according to the report.

A fisherman who was killed and the 25 detained were sailors of fishing boats registered in Qionghai, Hainan, said a statement by the FAO Friday.

Lu Jiaxing, a deputy director of the Caotang village committee in Qionghai, told the Global Times that the killed fisherman was a resident of the village named Lu Yong, who was in his late 20s, and was the breadwinner of his family.


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