Argentina Calls for Capture of Five Chinese Fishing Boats
Argentina has issued an international capture order for five Chinese boats it says were illegally fishing in its waters, the coast guard said in a statement Thursday, following a failed attempt to detain one of the boats at sea. Federal Judge Eva Parcio de Seleme approved the order to capture the Jing Yuan 626, which the coast guard detected on Feb. 21 allegedly fishing illegally in Argentina's exclusive economic zone off the Patagonian coast. Illegal fishing by Chinese boats has tested diplomatic relations between President Mauricio Macri and China. In 2016, the coast guard sank a Chinese trawler it said was fishing illegally in its territorial waters. After detecting the Jing Yuan last month, the coast guard said it called on the boat to stop moving, at which point it turned off its lights and tried to escape into international waters. An Argentine coast guard vessel pursued the boat and...
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