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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Russian Border Authorities' Recent Detention of Another Two Chinese Fishing Boats

2012/07/27

Q: It is reported that the Russian border authorities once again detained two Chinese fishing boats the other day. Please confirm and brief us on the specifics.

A: The foreign ministries of both China and Russia have been trying to properly handle the issue of Russian Primorsky Territory Border Service's detention of two Chinese fishing boats which had illegally entered Russian exclusive economic zones for fishing. Under the arrangement of the two sides, the Chinese fishermen will return to China as soon as possible.

Recently, the Russian border authorities in the Far East again detained two Chinese fishing boats that had illegally entered Russian exclusive economic zones, which the Russian border authorities had informed the Chinese side in advance. The foreign ministries of the two countries, in a spirit of pragmatism and cooperation, have been in active consultation to ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese crew and arrange them to return to China at an early date.

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