SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Two weeks after being boarded by Coast Guard officers, a ship carrying 88 would-be immigrants remained 400 miles off the coast as negotiations continued over sending the passengers back to China.

The 127-foot Fang Ming carried seven female and 81 male passengers, and 19 crew members, said Phyllis Young, a State Department spokeswoman in Washington.

All the passengers were en route to the United States for ``economic reasons,'' the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard intercepted the Fang Ming on March 24.

All aboard the Fang Ming are said to be in good health with an adequate supply of food and fresh water.

There have been a string of Chinese smuggling boats intercepted off the coast of the United States and Mexico in recent months