China's navy has agreed to control Chinese fishing boats illegally operating near the tense inter-Korean border in the Yellow Sea, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday, citing South Korean naval officials.
During a meeting Thursday in China with South Korean Navy chief Adm. Choi Yoon Hhee, Chinese naval commander Wu Shengli said he would ask the Chinese coast guard to cooperate with the South Korean side to prevent potential clashes between Chinese fishermen and South Korean law enforcement authorities, the officials said.
They said Wu's remarks came after Choi sought China's cooperation in keeping its fishing boats away from the de facto inter-Korean maritime border as it has caused security concerns for South Korea.
China's official Xinhua News Agency said Wu also said China's navy is willing to make joint efforts with that of South Korea to strengthen and expand areas of cooperation, further enhance mutual trust and develop friendship.
The inter-Korean maritime border in the Yellow Sea has been the scene of bloody naval skirmishes between the two Koreas as well as minor clashes between South Korean authorities and Chinese fishermen.