Philippines seizes China boat in disputed waters
PHILIPPINE police have seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea, an official said yesterday.
A maritime police patrol apprehended the Chinese fishing boat at about 7am on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.
The boat had 11 crew and the maritime police found about 500 turtles in the vessel, some of which were dead, the official said, adding that a Philippine boat was also seized, and found to have 40 turtles on board.
China's foreign ministry said that it had asked the Philippines to hand back the fishing boat and its crew.