China Calls on Russia to Explain Cargo Ship Sinking

Reuters reports on the sinking of a Chinese cargo ship in Russian waters after it was fired on by the Russian military:

Seven Chinese sailors were missing after the “New Star” sank on Saturday in stormy seas off Vladivostok and after a Russian warship shot at least 500 rounds into it, the official China Daily newspaper said, quoting a Chinese-language paper which in turned quoted a Russian newspaper.

The “New Star” was held at the Russian port of Nakhodka earlier this month, suspected of involvement in smuggling, before it left without permission last week, the China Daily said.

“China has already made representations to the Russian side,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a news conference.

[…] In video footage of the incident broadcast on Russian television, the rattle of gunfire could be heard, with authorities there claiming the ship was given adequate warning.

Meanwhile, a report from Itar-Tass says that has called off the search for the missing sailors. See also Xinhua’s report.

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