Vanuatu, a Pacific island country, has detained a Russian yacht and two Chinese fishing boats for fear of “illegal operation” in Vanuatu waters, according to the latest news from AFP on the 30th;. This is the first time Vanuatu has detained a Chinese fishing boat, the report said.
AFP: Vanuatu detains Chinese fishing boats and Russian yachts
On January 19, a police patrol boat detained two Chinese ships, donggangxing 13 and donggangxing 16, near Siu island in the northern waters of Vanuatu, according to the country’s police;.
According to the report, the vessels are currently berthed at the port of Vanuatu Vila, and 14 Chinese citizens are being quarantined and interrogated on suspicion of illegal fishing.
Vanuatu police said the patrol also found a Russian yacht near the city of Luganville while sending the Chinese fishing boat to the port of Vila. Three Russian citizens on board were detained. They will also be questioned about the reasons for their presence in the waters.
The Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu did not respond to requests for comment, AFP said.