Lee May Call Off Visit to Beijing Over Coast Guard Death

      December 13, 2011 10:34

      The government will reconsider President Lee Myung-bak's planned visit to China in January after a South Korean coast guard officer was killed by the skipper of a Chinese trawler caught fishing illegally in South Korean waters.

      A senior government official on Monday said, "If China takes no proper measures in this latest case, President Lee will reconsider his planned visit to China."

      "The government has repeatedly complained about illegal Chinese fishing in our waters, but there has been no response from China," the official said. "If we leave things as they are any longer, this will have bad effects on the Seoul-Beijing relations and damage the government's credibility."

      Meanwhile, First Vice Foreign Minister Park Suk-hwan summoned Chinese Ambassador to Seoul Zhang Xinsen to the ministry and demanded an apology from the Chinese government over the case and a pledge that it will not happen again

      On Monday morning Lee Cheong-ho (41) and Lee Nak-hoon (33), two officers of the Incheon Coast Guard, were stabbed in the ribs and abdomen by the skipper of a 66-ton Chinese trawler while they were seizing the boat that was illegally catching fish in waters 87 km southwest of Socheong Island, Incheon. Lee Cheong-ho died and Lee Nak-hoon was wounded.

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