It is an incident that both South Korea and China have an interest in putting behind them.
South Korea needs China to exert some form of restraint on North Korea. China would not like to see South Korea more firmly ensconced in the growing alliance system in Southeast Asia bent on containing China and led by the US and Japan.
However, the South Koreans were furious when the Chinese captain of a boat suspected of illegally fishing in South Korean waters stabbed one South Korean Coast Guard officer to death and wounded another. A similar incident had occurred in 2008.
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