China's foreign ministry has expressed its strong dissatisfaction with South Korea's use of force against Chinese fishing boats.
The opposition was voiced by Hua Chunying, spokesperson with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a regular press briefing on Wednesday.
The foreign ministry is urging South Korea's law enforcement agencies to refrain from the use of force, which could endanger the lives of Chinese fishermen.
"China has repeatedly made solemn representations to South Korea concerning its violent law enforcement actions. Under complicated maritime conditions, utilization of lethal weapons can easily result in casualties and property loss," said Hua.
On Tuesday, the South Korean Coast Guard fired machine guns at two fishing boats, allegedly due to illegal fishing activities in South Korean waters.
No casualties were reported in the incident.