(From BBC)

Argentina’s coastguard chased and sank a Chinese vessel that it says was fishing illegally in Argentine waters on Monday.

In a statement, the coastguard said one of its vessels had fired warning shots at the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 as it headed for international waters.

The coastguard said it had first tried to raise a response by radio. All 32 crew members were rescued, it said.

China has expressed “serious concern” over the sinking.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement that Beijing had “made urgent representations” to Argentina, demanding a thorough investigation.

Illegal fishing is a common problem in the South Atlantic.

“The vessel was hailed over radio (in Spanish and English) and both visual and audio signals were sent to make contact. However, the vessel turned off its fishing lights and proceeded to flee towards international waters without responding to repeated calls over various frequencies,” the coastguard statement said (in Spanish). Read more

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