Monday, July 22, 2013

Mutiny on the Shandong

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

While China regularly makes it into the international news by going after small islands and territories while claiming that by virtue of its name, the South China Sea is theirs, the naval exploits of the crew of the Shandong have not garnered the attention that I think this story deserves.

This high seas tale has the makings for a Times bestseller, if not a Hollywood blockbuster.  I am in agreement with Beijing Cream's Bernd Chang's analysis of film worthiness: a plot involving 33 sailors leaving port to return eight months later with a crew of only 11.  It is a tale of greed, betrayal, murder and mayhem involving a foiled kidnapping and ransom plan.  But wait, there is more.  There were counter-betrayals, multiple stabbings, a stoning, and breataking displays of heroics and idiocy.

You can read about it here: Horror On The High Seas: 22 Crew Members Of Shandong No. 2683 Trawler Murdered Or Missing

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