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China, North Korea and the tale of two fishing boats

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  • Writer: Adam Minter
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Is the Chinese government's uneasy friendship with North Korea costing it the public's confidence? A curious confluence of recent events involving two fishing vessels suggests this might be the case. 

The crisis began in the waters of Scarborough Shoal, a set of fish-laden reefs and small rocky islands west of the Philippines and the source of territorial disputes among the Philippines, China and Taiwan. (China views Taiwan as a breakaway province and thus sees Taiwanese territorial claims as inseparable from those of the mainland.)

On May 9, after a month of escalating tensions between China and the Philippines, a Philippine coastguard vessel fired on the Guang Da Hsin 28, a Taiwanese fishing boat in the region, killing one crew member.

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