The Freeland File
Aerospace & Defense
Global Market Data
Tales from the Trail
Lucy P. Marcus
David Cay Johnston
The Great Debate
Jack & Suzy Welch
Macro & Markets
Lipper Awards 2012
Personal Finance Video
Our best photos from the last 24 hours. See more
Images of July
NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos
Syria premier defects to anti-Assad opposition
Romney, Republicans again outraise Obama in July
Gunman in Sikh temple shooting named, linked to racist groups
Egypt vows crackdown on "infidels" after border massacre
Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels
Union leader strives to ease Obama’s ”white guy problem”
Chick-fil-A faces ”kiss-in” protest in gay marriage flap
Our day's top images, in-depth photo essays and offbeat slices of life. See the best of Reuters photography. See more
The surface of Mars
The continuing search for signs of life on the Red Planet. Slideshow
Olympic athletes succumb to gravity when they flip, trip or fall. Slideshow
Sri Lanka releases 37 Chinese fishermen
China urges Sri Lanka to release 37 detained fishermen
China calls in U.S. diplomat over South China Sea
Sun, Aug 5 2012
Special Report: In Himalayan arms race, China one-ups India
Mon, Jul 30 2012
SE Asia seeks common ground on South China Sea spat
Thu, Jul 19 2012
Indian fishermen say U.S. boat fired without warning
Tue, Jul 17 2012
Analysis & Opinion
China’s affluence crisis
Electricity comes to an impoverished Mozambican island
Mon Aug 6, 2012 12:17pm EDT
BEIJING (Reuters) - Sri Lanka released 37 Chinese fishermen detained by its navy, China's Xinhua state news agency reported on Monday, putting a quick end to what could have been a test of the increasingly close ties between Beijing and Colombo.
Sri Lanka's navy arrested the fishermen on Sunday night for fishing in Sri Lankan waters. They were aboard two trawlers off the country's east coast town of Batticaloa, Xinhua said.
The Chinese embassy had "urged Sri Lankan authorities to handle the issue in accordance with the law, sort out the truth and release the Chinese fishermen as soon as possible," Xinhua said in an earlier report.
Sri Lanka's location astride an ancient trade route in the Indian Ocean makes it of strategic commercial and military interest to the United States, India and China.
China has been competing for influence in Sri Lanka with India, traditionally the island's most important ally.
Beijing has lent Sri Lanka hundreds of millions of dollars to build ports, roads, railways, power plants and a new airport, fuelling speculation China wants military bases on the island, something denied by Sri Lanka.
The incident was not the first involving Chinese fishermen this year. In July, a Russian coastguard ship detained 36 Chinese fishermen after firing at Chinese vessels that had been fishing for squid in Russia's far eastern Primorsky region.
Earlier this year, the Philippines and China were caught in a months-long standoff over Chinese fishing boats in disputed waters near Scarborough Shoal, a horseshoe shaped reef in the South China Sea.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel and Sophie Hares)
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.