China today refused to accept a South Korean court's decision to send a Chinese fisherman in jail for 30 years for murdering a South Korean coastguard officer during a scuffle.
"China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have not delimited the border of the EEZ in the Yellow Sea, and China cannot accept the Seoul's unilateral application of the EEZ Law on the verdict of the Chinese skipper," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters here today.
Cheng Dawei, a 43-year-old fishing boat captain, was jailed for 30 years today by a South Korean district court and imposed a fine of 20 million won (USD 17,738) for stabbing a South Korean coast guard officer to death last December.
The officer was attacked when he boarded the Chinese boat over suspicions of illegal fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claimed by South Korea in the Yellow Sea.
Liu said China has maintained close communication with South Korea since the incident, urging the country to properly handle the case in a rational and just manner.
China will continue to closely monitor the evolution of the case and provide necessary assistance to the Chinese citizens involved in order to safeguard their legitimate and lawful rights, he said.