Argentina's coast guard has sunk a Chinese trawler that was fishing illegally off the country's Atlantic coast.

In a high seas chase on Monday, a coast guard vessel pursued the fishing boat, Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010, toward international waters firing warning shots across the Chinese-flagged boat's bow.

Argentina's coast guard said the fishing boat tried several times to force a collision with its vessel, putting at risk the Argentinian coast guard and its own crew.

The coast guard said it rescued four of the trawler's crew while others who abandoned ship were picked up by another Chinese vessel shadowing the pursuit.

Officials at the Chinese Embassy in Buenos Aires were not available for comment.

-ANC's Dateline Philippines, March 16, 2016