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PYONGYANG - A Chinese boat and 16 fishermen held by armed North Koreans for more than two weeks have been released, easing the latest tension in relations between the neighbouring allies.
Owner Yu Xuejun, who was not on board the boat when it was seized on 5 May, wrote on his microblog that his captain called him at 3.50am to say the crew and boat were set free and that they were on their way home.
He told the state-run Global Times newspaper that all crew members were safe.
North Korea has said nothing publicly about the seizure. On Sunday, after Yu had sent out increasingly desperate distress messages on his microblog over the weekend, Beijing revealed that the boat had been seized on May 5. Yu called the Chinese Embassy for help on May 10, China's official news agency Xinhua said.
Yu, who had earlier reported the seizure to Chinese authorities, began publicising the incident over the weekend as the deadline for a 600,000 yuan (64,000 pounds) ransom drew near. Chinese state media then began reporting on the incident, saying China was demanding that North Korea release the men.
Yu said on his microblog on Tuesday that he had been unable to pay any ransom and thanked China's foreign ministry for negotiating on his behalf. ...
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