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China calls for release of convicted poachers

2014-11-26 09:34:46       source:ABS-CBN News

November 26, 2014


"China called on the Philippines Tuesday to release nine Chinese fisherman convicted of poaching after they were detained while in disputed waters, saying the incident was a violation of Beijing's sovereignty.


The nine, arrested in May, were fined $100,000 each for poaching with an additional 120,000 pesos ($2,730) fine for catching an endangered species, prosecutor Allen Ross Rodriguez said Monday in the town of Puerto Princesa on Palawan island.


China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, including Half Moon Shoal and other areas near Palawan that are also claimed by the Philippines."


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