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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.
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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
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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)
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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
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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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..

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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

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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.

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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 ???

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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.

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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.

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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.

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