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Security increased for ROK embassy in Beijing

12-15-2011 09:04 BJT

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China says it is increasing security around South Korea’s embassy in Beijing after a window was broken. The move comes amid tensions over allegations in South Korea that a Chinese fisherman fatally stabbed a coast guard officer.

A South Korean embassy press officer said it was unclear what caused the hole in the window. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin says authorities would take this incident seriously and spare no time in investigating it, but that an initial inspection showed the embassy was not attacked. Tensions have risen since South Korean officials said Monday that the Chinese captain of a boat suspected of illegally fishing in South Korean waters killed one coast guard officer and wounded another.

Liu said, "According to preliminary information and the onsite investigation, we think that damage to the lounge of the Korean embassy was not caused by gunshot. China has taken measures to safeguard the South Korean embassy, and has sent more policemen for reinforcement. The Chinese government has already expressed regret over this issue. We believe this is an isolated case. With joint efforts between the two countries, we believe this issue will not affect China-South Korean relations. The Chinese government attaches great importance to this issue. It also maintains close communications with South Korea ."

China says it is increasing security around South Korea’s embassy in Beijing after a window was broken. The move comes amid tensions over allegations in South Korea that a Chinese fisherman fatally stabbed a coast guard officer.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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