News / Asia

    Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea

    FILE - A China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig.FILE - A China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig.
    x
    FILE - A China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig.
    FILE - A China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil rig.
    Marianne Brown
    Vietnam says Chinese ships repeatedly rammed and used water cannons against Hanoi's patrol vessels in the South China Sea, where Beijing has placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands.

    Vietnamese officials revealed a video they say shows the Chinese navy vessels ramming Vietnamese ships.

    According to Tran Duy Hai, deputy head of Vietnam's national border committee,  there were as many as 80 Chinese vessels, including seven military ships, deployed to guard the rig.

    Officials with Vietnam's maritime police and coast guard said several Vietnamese sailors were injured and several ships damaged in the clashes, which occurred multiple times in the past several days.

    In an announcement on its website Saturday, the Maritime Safety Administration of China (MSAC) announced that all vessels should stay 1.6 kilometers away from the rig, expanding that to five kilometers on Monday.  The $1 billion rig is owned by China's state-run CNOOC oil company and it had been drilling south of Hong Kong.
     
    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel IslandsChina, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
    x
    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
    Last week, China announced it had placed a state-run oil rig near the Paracel Islands, 220 kilometers from Vietnam's shores, in the area Hanoi claims as its exclusive economic zone. China claims nearly all the South China Sea.

    Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said they had contacted Chinese authorities eight times over the issue, with meetings in Hanoi and Beijing.  The foreign ministry says it is "resolutely opposed" to the drilling and has demanded the rig, which is surrounded by military vessels, be removed.

    US describes action as 'provocative'
     
    US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki (State Dept. video)US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki (State Dept. video)
    x
    US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki (State Dept. video)
    US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki (State Dept. video)
    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the move to relocate the rig is "provocative" and will further raise regional tensions.

    "Given the recent history of tensions in the South China Sea, China's decision to operate its oil rig in disputed waters is provocative and unhelpful to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region," she said. "These events point to the need for claimants to verify their claims in accordance with international law and reach agreements about what types of activities should be permissible within disputed areas."

    China stands firm

    China, meanwhile, says the drilling platform is in an area under Chinese sovereignty and says it should not be "harassed" by Vietnamese authorities.
     
    FILE - Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua ChunyingFILE - Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying
    x
    FILE - Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying
    FILE - Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying
    Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also slammed the United States for making what she called "irresponsible remarks" about the dispute.

    "Chinese enterprises operating in the area of China's Paracel Islands is absolutely within the scope of China's sovereignty," she said. "It has nothing to do with Vietnam and even less to do with the United States."

    The HD-981 rig belongs to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the country's third largest national oil company. It had been drilling near Hong Kong.

    The Maritime Safety Administration of China on Monday warned all vessels to stay at least five kilometers away from the rig.

    In addition to Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have territorial disputes with Beijing in the oil-rich and strategic South China Sea.

    The rival claimants accuse China of using increasingly aggressive tactics to defend its territory. China claims almost the entire area based on ancient maps.

    You May Like

    Leaving Scalia Replacement to 2017 Would Mean Unusually Long Vacancy

    History of high court shows Obama not in unique situation during final year of presidency

    US Fact Checkers Debunk Some Republican Presidential Candidate Claims 

    Slim evidence for several claims made by Republican presidential candidates at their last debate ahead of next Saturday's key nominating election in South Carolina

    Uganda Presidential Debate a Small Victory for Democracy

    In homes and bars across country, Ugandans were fixated on their screens as eight political candidates running for president took part in national debate

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 2
        Next 
    by: My from: Saigon
    May 13, 2014 12:45 PM
    Vietnam won't give up Hoang Sa - Truong Sa. We are boycotting chinese products and supporting sea armed forces.

    by: young thing from: nowhere
    May 11, 2014 10:32 AM
    Under the law of sea 1982, 12-mile territorial sea around a land was comfirmed by ambassadors from 165+ countries included China and Vietnam. 120 miles ~ 370 kilometers. Why did China place there oil rig near Vietnam's shore 220 kilometers? Would they think they can blind other countries and eat up all the east sea? What would be next if they had already eaten up this sea?
    Vietnamese friends, you guys should be brave to speak up and protect your rights!
    In Response

    by: Igor from: Russia
    May 20, 2014 9:38 PM
    To: Jonathan huang from Canada
    What China calls "xisha island" is called "Hoang Sa islands" in Vietnam. So the islands is in dispute. China cannot base on disputed islands to claim territories. It is wrong!
    In Response

    by: young thing from: nowhere
    May 12, 2014 2:01 AM
    LoS1982 written about a land and its territorial sea, not about an island, mate. If you had a certain island in a certain sea..., it doesn't mean you can claim for your island territorial sea and asking ships pass your sea to pay tax. Vietnam land has it long term history while Paracel island was captured by China in 1974... so..which Vietnam or Paracel's owner (China) has the rights to claim this sea? Why didn't China claim their sea territory after 1974 but wait until current years. Maybe in 1974, they're not strong enough... and now they think they're too strong to ruin any country on their step? "Big fish eats small fish" is not a human action. China is not?!
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 11:40 AM
    Chinese oil rig is 17 miles away from Chinese xisha island, and 150 miles away from viet coast line. So go back to high school learn your math, ok?

    by: Taichi Robinhood
    May 11, 2014 8:31 AM
    So many dogs are barking on this stage.
    In Response

    by: Nguyen Minh from: France
    May 12, 2014 4:36 AM
    Because they are Chinese. Never mind!

    by: Lunatran from: dubai
    May 11, 2014 2:25 AM
    Why noone throw shoes to Foreign Ministet Hua Chunying. State of bullier. Theres nothing to do in vietnamese sea, China. Go back to ur country. Once China get whatever they want in Vietnam they will invade other country. People should stand for that and say NO for all escalation of China in East sea
    In Response

    by: Quang from: USA
    May 16, 2014 9:23 AM
    Jonathan Huang,
    Tell me why you support an evil oppressive commie Chinese? Did you sleep with Hua? Understood!
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 11:42 AM
    Tell me why you support an evil oppressive commie viet? Or you are from an oppressive Islam state too. Understood!

    by: Chinese from: China
    May 10, 2014 12:44 PM
    Wu Shicun, president of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, a Chinese government think-tank, said Beijing was not about to back down over what it calls the Xisha islands.
    "I think China will keep moving ahead with its plan (in Xisha), no matter what Vietnam says and does," Wu told Reuters. The call xisha is paracell island. Chinese valaded paracell islands that belong to Saigon Goverment in 1974! 200 ancient maps (chinese & many countries) confirm paracel and spartly islands belong to Vietnamese!
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 11:46 AM
    The sea map of China was officially published in 1947 by ROC(Taiwan) which is democratic and an American ally. This map first showed the none dash line. In Taiwan text book, the whole South China Sea included within the nine dash line still belongs to China!
    Thanks for reading!

    by: Igor from: Russia
    May 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    To: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    Friends never eat friends. Vietnam is China's friend. If China can eat Vietnam, it can eat Russia one day. So the most stupid action is to attack a friend because you will lose all friends one day.
    If you bully a small country such as Vietnam, no country will protect you when you are attacked by a superpower and there are many superpowers in this world.
    In Response

    by: My from: Saigon
    May 13, 2014 12:23 PM
    to Jonathan huang:You guys Chinese called friends in front of the face but did evil things behind friend's back. No one can deny the truth. You only make friends for a purpose or benefit. Your sweet words can't hide your conspiracy. We Vietnamese has an old saying that we would rather keep our neighbours close at heart than far-away relatives. This means we will love and respects our neighbours, of course for true friends only. Vietnam will never break the friendship with China if China doesn't play dirty now. We will see if China's power can cover the sky.
    In Response

    by: LiveFree from: California
    May 11, 2014 1:12 PM
    You are absolutely correct. China greed has blinded herself from doing the right thing. She will pay for it if continue on this path.
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 11:52 AM
    You are wrong. We are friends of Vietnamese ppl. But viet commie government is oppressive and evil. It lies to its ppl and the world about SCS. SCS belongs to China.
    I hope Vietnamese can realize it and revolt to destroy their evil commie government, and stay away from SCS. Then China and viet will be very good friends.
    Again, I love Russia, I support Putin taking back Crimea! There is nothing wrong we take back what belonged to us, isn't it, my Russian friend? ;)

    by: Mark from: Virginia
    May 09, 2014 10:25 PM
    The whole world is going stark, raving mad....

    by: Clayton Bigsby from: USA
    May 09, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Chinese has territorial disputes with as many as nine countries. Their overpopulated country has ran out of its resources and polluted what available land they did have. Now they are thieving from their weaker neighbors hoping they do not get caught. The audacity of these fools, planting oil rigs and garrisons in the middle of the night. China=shameless
    In Response

    by: Overseas Chinese from: Southeeast Asia
    May 19, 2014 10:27 AM
    So true. Overpopulated and lacking balance between male and female gender ratio makes it too difficult to dispose surplus male. War is the exact solution as well as overcoming slowing down economy. China is not just hostile to neighbor, but also their own people; as expected from 'socialist' country, you can easily sacrifice your own people's life in the name of government. Mindless dolls, just saying..
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 11, 2014 11:54 AM
    America used fake excuse to invade Iraq, killed millions innocent Iraqis and afghanis! America = shameless? Lol

    by: Vuong Anh Tung
    May 08, 2014 3:21 AM
    Vietnam love peace, but we have and will sacrifice everything to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
    Forever Vietnam. Chine get out
    In Response

    by: Overseas China
    May 19, 2014 10:34 AM
    Evil government? You don't mean China itself? Corrupted communist party attacking other nations because their own incompetence to solve local issues. Separatist movement makes you scared? Unbalanced gender population stressing you out? Slowing down economy makes you feel insecure? Solution: War. Real genius solution from Chinese Government, real genius.
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 08, 2014 6:31 PM
    Don't be fool, your evil government is trying to distract you ppl from internal conflicts!
    You ppl need to pick up weapons and destroy your evil government. May democracy be with you!

    by: Small from: Cat
    May 08, 2014 12:45 AM
    China 's act like gangter , The World communities will be boycotted China - a fat cat . How can you treat other like that ? China is one of the big country in the world but using that power to threaten almost small countries .... What is your humanity maner in China ???
    In Response

    by: Overseas Chinese from: South East Asia
    May 19, 2014 10:45 AM
    lol Jonathan huang. Light years? Difference between China's action nowadays and US invasion on Iran are only like eleven and twelve. You act almost like brothers, invading brothers that barely want to acknowledge each others.
    In Response

    by: Vong from: US
    May 16, 2014 9:26 AM
    China enslaved Vietnam in the past and was defeated by Vietnam later. Vietnam can do so again to China if they're up for another defeat.
    In Response

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 08, 2014 6:44 PM
    Lol China is still light years better than America using fake excuse to invade Iraq, murdering millions of innocent Iraqis and afghanis! Torture ppl in Guantanamo bay prison without a trail for 10 years!
    Where America goes, war goes.
    Comments page of 2
        Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Ugandai
    X
    Serginho Roosblad
    February 12, 2016 9:29 PM
    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video Refugees in Kenya Vie to Compete in Rio Olympics

    In Kenya, refugees from other African nations are training at a special camp and competing for a limited number of slots in this year's Rio Olympics under the flag of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Ngong, this is a first in Olympic history.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.