Asia Pacific How Chinese fishermen became pawns in Asia's maritime great game

The Philippines accuses the detained fishermen of poaching endangered turtles in its waters. China says Manila has no jurisdiction to try them and has tried to undermine their trial. 

By , Staff Writer

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This is the human face of China’s increasingly intransigent claim to most of the South China Sea: Chen Yiquan, a ship captain wearing a yellow T-shirt and blue cotton shorts, sitting dejectedly in a low-slung concrete jail outside this ramshackle provincial port.