Media claims unknown North Korean men have sized Chinese sailors
Media has reported that three Chinese fishing boats were seized while catching fish in Chinese territorial waters, with a total of 29 Chinese sailors being kidnapped. The other party demanded the Chinese boat owner to transfer a total of 1.2 million yuan RMB before they would release the boats. May 16th, a Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson said the Chinese government has already noted the relevant reports and the Chinese government is currently verifying the situation as well as maintaining close communications with the North Korean government.
Above, the ransom note and list of 29 sailors with their names, ID numbers, and hometowns:
Comments from NetEase:
Haha~ Following the Imperialist Philippines, Imperialist Vietnam, Imperialist South Korea, Imperialist Japan, now comes Imperialist North Korea~
Last place place begins to bully the second from the last.
Sigh, anyone is able to bully [us, China]! [I'm] Filled with resentment.
Little brother slaps big brother!!!
Kim III must be so poor he’s gone crazy, using fishermen as hostages.
Didn’t you fucking close the comments? [NetEase has a history of not allowing comments on articles about North Korea.]
NND, if [China] doesn’t stand up for itself, it won’t have a single friend at all.
I bet South Korean bangzi are behind this, framing others, trying to drive a wedge [between China and North Korea] is a tactic those American dogs often use.
They even dare bully our grand magnificent country now.
The comments are unexpectedly not closed. Looks like there’s a lot behind this matter.
North Korean Kidnappers: Chinese hostages will be killed if ransom is not paid today
May 8th, while fishing in Chinese territorial waters, three Chinese fishing boats were seized by unknown North Korean men, with a total of 29 Chinese sailors being detained. On the 15th, the owner of the boats said the other party is demanding a 900,000 yuan RMB ransom to release the boats. On the 16th, the boats’ owner, a Mr. Zhang, indicated that the kidnapper told him through the telephone, “If the ransom is not received by the 17th, the hostages will be killed.”
Comments from NetEase:
They’re already threatening to kill people and [the Chinese government] is still “verifying”!!!!!
How come the comments are closed this time?
Something that happened on the 8th and only now reported. What more, it was the Singaporean media that first reported it before the domestic mainland Chinese media knew about it, and this is called “transparent”?!
“A Chinese scholar that asked to remain anonymous told Global Times: There are more maritime conflicts between China and North Korea than China and South Korea. As the China and South Korea media are both relatively transparent, the two countries handle such matters relatively faster due to domestic pressure, but the China and North Korean relationship is relatively special. North Koreans have previously even beaten Chinese sailors to death, and the frequency and nature of the conflicts are more severe than between China and South Korea.”
Look, this is the kind of respect the citizens of a major power get. Where have you seen a major power’s citizens allowing small countries to kidnap their people every day. If this continues, even our citizens’ right to exist may no longer be ensured. How will the government face the our country’s people then?
The problem with South Korea hasn’t even been solved and fucking North Korea comes and joins the party.
Seriously protest, strongly denounce! [This comment is mocking what many Chinese netizens feel is the standard response but inaction of the Chinese government in international incidents.]
We can talk about this now? The position of WY [NetEase] is clear. [NetEase articles involving North Korea have often not allowed comments, so this netizen is suggesting that NetEase allowing discussion this time means something. Quite a few comments were simple Chinese netizens marking the time, seemingly waiting to see how long the comments section would remain open.]
Their families better go collect money and handle this themselves.
Both North and South Koreas are nothing good.
China in this day and should take action when action is needed and stop using the words “maintaining close communications”. Human life is beyond value, think about the Chinese sailors.
How could there be North Korean gun boats in Chinese territorial waters?
China, my beloved China, can you stand up for yourselves for once? Can you let us citizens also be proud for a moment? Stand up for once, even North Korea dares to bully us now, and we still won’t stand up for ourselves???
A country that protects the interests of the regime will always be much more frightening than a country that protects the interests of the country.
I wish our compatriots well, thank you author.
Why is it always our country’s [boats, sailors] being seized!?
China continues to provide North Korea 700 million yuan in material aid.
The Philippines problem hasn’t even been resolved and now North Korea is bullying us.
China’s ordinary common people are frequently being bullied by these kind of small countries, truly a sad state of affairs.
1.2 million? Looks like North Korea is truly poor, kidnapping 29 people and 3 boats but only asking for 1.2 million? Hope there is at least one conscientious Chinese village cadre, hurry and transfer the money to solve this problem and save 29 of our compatriots.