Chinese and Russian Reactions to Russia’s sinking of the Chinese ship ‘New Star’

Entries in bold are from the Russian Information Agency Novosti. Entires in italics are from Xinhua News Angecy.

January 15
13:25: Foreign ship sinks of Russia’s pacific coast, 8 sailors dead
21:36: Eight sailors drown in Sea of Japan

January 18
11:31: Captain of sunken ship crosed Russian border fearing trial
23:58: Chinese FM confirms cargo ship in a “sea accident” near Vladivostok

January 19
12:49: China demands Russia investigate sinking of Chinese ship
16:34: China demands Russia investigate sinking of Chinese ship – 2
17:44: China says Russia’s investigation into sea acident still going on
20:53: Chinese sailors rescued off Russian coast in good health, 7 still missing
21:56: Moscow blames captain of China’s New Star for tragic sinking

January 20
00:18: China lodges urgent representation again to Russia on cargo ship sinking
13:12: Russian rescuers halt search for sailors on sunken Chinese ship
17:44: Chinese consul general urges Russia to probe sea accident
21:37:China says Russia’s attitude on cargo ship incident “unacceptable”

January 21
20:36: Russian border guards fired on Chinese ship legally – ministry

All of this overlaps with Secretary of State Clinton’s visit to Asia, and the major flurry of news overlaps specifically with Clinton’s’ visit to Beijing.

6 thoughts on “Chinese and Russian Reactions to Russia’s sinking of the Chinese ship ‘New Star’”

  1. Purpleslog,

    Thanks! I need to credit Lady of tdaxp, who asked me what I thought of the Russian sinking of the Chinese shp.

    “What?!” I asked.

    “It is all over the forums,” my wife responded. “Chinese people are very angry, that the government says this is only ‘unacceptable.’ A ship is sunk, people drown, and it is only unacceptable?”

  2. Dan

    There was little reaction to this in the German and French press as. Same for the US / UK publications I usually look at.

    I do not much like that as the incident fits in w the recent murders of journalists, arbitrary detentions, the recent gas pipeline stuff, tea à la FSB (with Polonium) for dissidents, renationalistions in the energy sector and so on and so forth. All this is worth a closer look IMO.

    Only the journalist angle was given some attention by the western journos. Nothing to say against professional solidarity oc, but what about all the other stuff ?

    Btw, merchant seamen are not news as they usually come from small or otherwise uninteresting countries (Holland, Greece or Denmark for officers, Asia or countries like ex YU for the “other ranks”). Ugly, but there it is.

    Finally, all the stuff about fines and contracts is rather bizarre. Now, I happen to know a bit about how to deal with maritime claims and customs laws and such. Having the other party sunk is certainly an interesting new solution to this kind of problem. Never heard of it before in that context.

  3. fabius.maximus.cunctator,

    Thanks for the comment!

    There was little reaction to this in the German and French press as. Same for the US / UK publications I usually look at.

    I do not much like that as the incident fits in w the recent murders of journalists, arbitrary detentions, the recent gas pipeline stuff, tea à la FSB (with Polonium) for dissidents, renationalistions in the energy sector and so on and so forth. All this is worth a closer look IMO.

    I did not think of this. Very distressing.

    Finally, all the stuff about fines and contracts is rather bizarre. Now, I happen to know a bit about how to deal with maritime claims and customs laws and such. Having the other party sunk is certainly an interesting new solution to this kind of problem. Never heard of it before in that context.

    Yeah, I was not sure of the laws governing such disputes, but I would imagine a default judgment is a much more likely consequence of not paying a fine and not showing up for a trial than 500+ rounds!

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