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Taiwan scrambles ships to chase Chinese boat

Published on Mar 16, 2014 4:43 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Chinese fishing boat with nine crew aboard was escorted to Taiwan Sunday after an hours-long sea chase involving five coastguard vessels and a naval frigate, officials said.

The crew of the "Zhe Ling Yu 69088", a 260-tonne vessel from China's eastern province of Zhejiang, were questioned by coastguards immediately after the boat arrived at Keelung harbour in northern Taiwan.

"The fishing boat will be fined NT$250,000 (S$10,420) for illegal fishing," Chen Su-chuan, a coastguard captain, told AFP.

The nine will also be investigated on charges of obstructing official duties, Chen said.

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