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Q&A McKinley & Beattie / Nokor China / Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China is in close touch with North Korea on the issue of a detained Chinese fishing boat urging Pyongyang to "deal with this as soon as possible" and protect the fishermen's legal rights and personal and property safety. A Chinese official says the private vessel from Dalian City in China's northeast Liaoning province was "grabbed" by North Korea earlier this month (May 5) in waters between the two countries. The vessel reportedly has a crew of 16 and Pyongyang has demanded a $100,000 payment for their release. Australian National University senior lecturer Michael McKinley tells Victor Beattie such incidents may show either disarray within the North Korean leadership or a rise in bilateral tensions

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