BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China is in close contact with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the recent detainment of three Chinese fishing boats, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday.
"China is maintaining close communication with the DPRK side through relative channels in order to appropriately address the issue as soon as possible," Hong said during a daily news briefing.
"The Chinese side has demanded that the DPRK side ensure the safety and legitimate rights of the Chinese crew members," he added.
Media reports have stated that three vessels and their crews were seized by the DPRK on May 8.
Owners of three Chinese fishing boats, which were allegedly seized by an unidentified North Korean ship last week, told the Global Times yesterday that they cannot meet the captors' ransom demand and hope local authorities can help resolve the issue.Full story
China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it is looking into the reports which claimed that three Chinese fishing vessels have been seized by a group of North Koreans last week, Chongqing Morning Post reports. Full story