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    China, Vietnam Blame Each Other for Fishing Boat Sinking

    FILE - Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
    FILE - Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
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    Vietnam and China are blaming each other after a Vietnamese fishing boat sank in the disputed South China Sea near where Beijing has placed an oil rig.
     
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    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
    Authorities said collisions Tuesday between Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels caused the sinking of a Vietnamese boat in the South China Sea, 30 kilometers from a Chinese oil rig based in contested waters.  

    China’s Foreign Ministry says Vietnam is to blame for the incident.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang says a Vietnamese fishing boat forcefully intruded in the area of China’s oil rig and capsized after ramming a Chinese boat.  He said Vietnam’s dangerous actions were the direct cause of this incident and China urges Vietnam to safeguard normal navigation and fishing activities on the sea.

    Vietnam says 40 Chinese fishing boats encircled and rammed a Vietnamese boat, causing it to sink.  All 10 fishermen on the  Vietnamese boat were rescued.

    Vietnam says the  $1 billion Chinese oil rig is in its exclusive economic zone.  China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and maintains the rig is in its territorial waters.  

    China also announced the cancellation of some flights to Vietnam as tensions between the two countries continued to rise.  During the past few weeks, violent protests in Vietnam against the oil rig resulted in the deaths of Chinese workers and looting of Chinese factories and businesses.

    Renmin University International Relations Professor Xiaohe Cheng says both countries have violated a 2011 bilateral maritime pact.  Less than one year ago Chinese Premier Li Keqiang recommitted to that pact in meetings with Vietnamese leaders.  

    “Both sides disregard the words and the spirit signed by the Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Vietnamese leaders," said Xiaohe. "That is bad not only for bilateral relations, but it is also bad for the regional situation in Southeast Asia.”

    Many in China see Vietnam as historically a part of China and through online social media expressed support for China’s actions in the South China Sea.  

    Cheng says today’s tensions in the sea have roots in a battle over the Paracel Islands in 1974.  

    “Today’s dispute has historical routes in what happened in 1974 when a maritime military conflict between China and South Vietnam broke out, and South Vietnam’s military fleet was almost annihilated by Chinese naval forces," said Xiaohe.

    That dispute was the first Sino-Vietnamese naval battle in the South China Sea.   

    Meanwhile, Ha Le, the deputy head of the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department, told VOA's Vietnamese service that four fisheries officers were wounded Sunday after being hit by water cannons from Chinese vessels.

    He said almost all of Vietnam’s vessels have been damaged by attacks from China’s vessels.

    "We are now fighting by peaceful means, by propagandizing against China’s illegal invasion," he said. "In addition, we try to avoid any intentional clashes with Chinese vessels to minimize damages and casualties on our end."

    He added that in addition to its military ships, Beijing has sent numerous fishing vessels to the area to disrupt Vietnam’s laws enforcement ships. He stressed that Vietnam has only dispatched civilian ships, including vessels from its maritime police.

    A spokesman for Vietnam's national legislature has announced that the country is taking its final steps toward filing an international lawsuit against China for towing an oil rig into Vietnamese waters and attacking Vietnamese vessels.

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung threatened legal action last week during a visit to the Philippines, which has a similar territorial dispute with China.

    Manila challenged the legality of China's maritime claims to an international tribunal in The Hague. Beijing was angered by the move and has refused to participate in the case.
     
    This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Vietnamese service.

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    by: Evan from: China
    June 03, 2014 4:25 PM
    "China[edit]
    618–1279[edit]

    There are some Chinese cultural relics in the Paracel islands dating from the Tang and Song eras,[26][note 1] and there is some evidence of Chinese habitation on the islands during these periods.[27] According to the Wujing Zongyao, a book published in the Northern Song dynasty in 1044, the Song government then included the Islands in the patrol areas of the Navy of the Court."

    This quote was copied from Wikipedia. It proved that China is the first country who owe the Xisha island. (Although many people said that Wikipedia is very subjective, but those are facts that you cannot argue with. Furthermore, it is edited by a Non-Chinese.)
    So, shut your mouth, Vietnamese b******.

    by: Tuan from: Vietnam
    May 30, 2014 4:03 AM
    China made false history. If South China Sea belong to China, where were the Chinese during 1800 to 1974?
    In 1974, as US troops withdrew from Vietnam, China invaded the Paracel Islands, called the Xisha Islands by Beijing and the Hoang Sa Islands by Hanoi. The islands had been held by the US-backed South Vietnamese regime.
    More than 70 Vietnamese soldiers died during the invasion. China has controlled the island chain ever since.
    Beside Vietnam and China were like brothers during the Vietnam War. Now China steal island and sea from Vietnam and endangerous Vietnamese fisherman. Chinese is pretty much like gangster.

    Huang sound a liitle kid that does not know anything. He is just a greedy, dirty Chinese and he talks like a gangster.
    In Response

    by: Evan from: China
    June 03, 2014 4:10 PM
    Well, check out the Wikipedia, search for "xisha"., you will know what was really happening there.
    "China made false history" ?! LOL. Don't Vietnam make fake history all the time?

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 29, 2014 12:01 AM
    Come on ppl, why you guys choose to listen to viet congs lies rather than democratic Taiwan's evidence?
    Taiwan, ROC, published the nine dash line as early as in 1947, and in decades, no country complained until oil found there, was it coincidence? I don't think so!
    Base on the nine dash line all islands in South China Sea belongs to Taiwan, republic of China!
    Clearly South China Sea belongs to China, and only Taiwan and mainland have the right to have it.
    Viet and Finos need to back off!
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    by: John Smith
    May 31, 2014 4:35 AM
    Comrade

    Go on repeating an argument which has been rebutted and exposed as an un-truth only helps to cement you as a professional propagandist for the CCP.

    The correct way in debate is to reply to others' opinions and facts.

    Keep asserting ad nauseum that "VC tells lies" means zip.

    If you are here trying to win hearts & mind, you have failed miserably, Comrade.

    Making a paper claim (1947 map, 1958 declaration) or similar paper claims by all other countries mean zip as they are only jockeying for a place at the table for negotiation.

    In the normal course of events in international laws, disputes could and indeed should be resolved by an independent court of justices.

    Human race has advanced sufficiently far away from the days of 1938 when dictator could demand something in return for a promise of "peace in our time".

    The opposite - as advocated & currently in practice by China - is the perfect recipe for a lawless society where there is no rule, nor justice - only the rules from the guns on the bows of gunships.

    "It belongs to us" !

    Yes, I heard your shout.

    But should that claim be judged and debated and then umpired instead of turning up with a 130-ship armada as a "solution"?

    The world has learned from the Munich moment that appeasement is a perfect recipe for disaster as tyrants would never ever stop demanding.

    "Back off"

    Is that the new rule of laws on the Pacific oceans now ?

    Sadly for China, no one in the whole world agrees with you.
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    by: John Smith from: I-Hate-Fascists
    May 29, 2014 9:26 PM
    FACT 1

    Not ONE country in the whole world supports China's 9-dash claim.

    "As early as 1947" !!!!

    So what !

    Spain has maps showing it owned all of South America - once.

    Does that mean anything, ignoramus ?

    Japan controlled Manchuria once, remember that ?

    Netherlands called Indonesia East Indies for a few hundred years !!

    *********

    Not ONE country supports China on this issue, except Reds like you.

    *******

    "Clearly South China Sea belongs to China"

    Hello, hello !

    Where does that "clearly" come from ?

    *********

    Hitler used to have friends (Japan, Italy).

    China has NONE !

    ******

    Because no one wants to be seen with an armed T H U G !

    ******

    2014 China = 1930s Nazi

    *******

    Pacific = Sudentenland

    *********
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    May 29, 2014 8:38 AM
    @tiptop,mo disagree with you. Throwing cigarets means nothing.
    I am Chinese living in Canada, I throw cigarets to my Canadian friends everyday, does that means China can take part of Canada?
    South China Sea belongs to China, we are nice to allow you to fish there, which doesn't mean you can claim our territory!
    And Finos has long history of harassing Chinese fishermen, but west media never reported those incidences.
    Again, viet cong get out of China sea!
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    by: Tiptop from: Australia
    May 29, 2014 2:44 AM
    If what you have advocated (also shared by China government) is legitimate, would Vietnam and Philippine can still call them self ocean country? They are only allowed to lay on their beach! A stone away from the land, they'll invade China territory. Does that sound fair?
    I remember there's a Chinese TV program about the debuted sea. There's an old fish man said in the program that not long ago fishermen from different countries were very friendly to each other. They even throw boxes of cigarettes into others boat as gift. Then before he knew it, the governments have step in and drive people away from "their" territory. The point is, the old man's evidence clearly shows that the debuted sea was literally public available area. Ever one can use it without any permission.
    Although China announced the ownership of the territory by the nine-dash-line, it also said any ship from any country can navigate through it without permission or even notification. Can you see the contradiction? Do you allow your neighbor passing your backyard anytime they like?

    by: Sam Walton
    May 27, 2014 11:14 PM
    Why the worlds hate red China? The Japan, the Philippines, the Vietnam, the USA, the India, the Tibet... Chinese do not has moral and so they would
    1. Invaded neighboring countries (stolen/ invaded territories from other countries)
    2. Lies and Cheats
    3. Make most fake products
    4. Steal people R&D
    5. Red Chinese brutally harvests inmates organs
    6. Red Chinese would cooks and eats Cat & Dog, and destroy environment at the sametime…China is one of the most polluted country in the world.
    7. Red Chinese would run over their own children with tanks. Now think about item 7, Red Chinese invaded Japan, Vietnam, Tibet, Philippines’s lands, island, and ocean territories pieces just like the Nazi back then and when the world do nothing red Chinese would attack a country, two countries, and three countries just like the way they have done now. They have run tanks over their own children in Tiananmen Square June 4th 1989 what red Chinese will do to you? If they invaded Asia?
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    by: GRACE
    May 29, 2014 6:29 AM
    You are absolutely right Sam, they are cruel with their own people. How can they be nice with other people. What they want is dominate you and treat you like a dog. They have all rights on you and you have only one right : serve them without any freedom! Otherwise, you are judged as a traitor.
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    by: Rachel
    May 29, 2014 2:14 AM
    @ youma:
    First of all, I agree with everything Sam said and disagree with everything you said.

    China is trying to turn other countries' territories into disputed territories and then try to make them China's. Obviously, China invades other countries.

    You forgot the reason why China becomes the world manufacturing center. It's because China has a large and cheap labor market. It draws foreign investments so that they moved their manufacturing to China. In fact, all of the high-quality goods there are produced by Chinese but are designed and contracted by the West. Meanwhile, many Chinese companies try to copy those designs and sell it with a low quality and low prices. Chinese can do anything to make profits even if their products can seriously affect people health.

    In addition, China is focusing too much on boosting its economic growth so that it forgot to address other issues. Many Chinese workers are affected by the toxin in manufacturing areas and the environment is seriously polluted. At the same time, many social vulnerabilities are raising within your country. I think China should focus on dealing with these problems instead of trying to invade others' territories.

    In a word, poor Chinese! you're foolled by your government. You should step outside and listen to what others say about you. You could never improve yourself without accepting your imperfection.
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    by: youma from: Hong Kong
    May 28, 2014 10:35 AM
    Mr. Sam Walton, you are wrong, bias, rude and baseless.

    First of all, Tibet is part of China.

    Disputes do exist with Japan, India etc, but not means China invades any of the countries as you said. Instead, if you have any history knowledge, China was suffering from the invasion of Japan and almost all the major western countries).

    When you say such Lies and Cheats, it is your own subject judgment indicates your foolish-a real idiot. Meanwhile, China is the world manufacturing center. The majority of goods like the computer, laptop, IPhone etc. everything you are using are good quality. Holding a part as the whole shows your bias- a frog in the well.

    In addition, Chinese patent application per year is the No. 2 and will soon become No. 1 in the world. Your body is in 21st century, however your ideology stays in 1970’s – you should be shameful for your baseless judgment.

    In a word, all your comments made are nonsense. Shamp for you!!!

    by: smilingstone from: Vn
    May 27, 2014 10:59 PM
    Because the extreme greediness, China's government may drive its men to death and force other peoples to live in misery. Everybody who loves peace protests China's strategy!!!

    by: Trinh Chuong from: Canada
    May 27, 2014 10:15 PM
    Vietnam should throw an atomic bomb on frontal Beijing at this time by declare that communism is death and dissolution of the communist regime.
    By doing so, It means Maoism in Vietnam is also dead and dysfunctional . This would be a big slap on chinese communist faces .... and that would serve as a perfect solution to cruise Vietnam safely to the freedom and Democratic world without spend a bullet. Who Will Make this happen? That would be a Ronald Reagan of Vietnam, A Holy Saint John Paul II, or another Gorbachev of Vietnam...Until the communism is no longer or not exist...PEACE and STABILITY, PROSPERITY and HAPPINESS will present on Earth..

    by: Larry from: USA
    May 27, 2014 10:08 PM
    It is simple - the world needs to stop buying products made in China - money is power and if we stop sending them money they will fall apart. or I guess the alternative is to brush-up on your Mandarin so you understand what the one world government is tell you.
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    by: Sam Walton
    May 29, 2014 10:23 PM
    Agree with you Larry. In additional, I would add variuos companies I list below are invested in China to let the people know so we can stop the Chinese issues all together.

    USA may have to use the economy card to punish China by limiting or stop investment in manufacturing in China and bring jobs home. Let face it, most of products from Walmart, Caterpillar, Nike, Apple, Gap, Startbuck, Heinz, Coca Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors Brewing, Ford, and others are made in China just names few
    http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/06/us-investments-markets-emerging-markets-fdi_slide_10.html
    ...while we have millions of American receiving unemployment benefits???...while we have soldiers comes home from the Iraq, Afghanistan look for jobs???

    Are we pay (invest) to red commies China so that we would lost our manufacturing jobs and indirectly promoting the red commies Chinese to be our new world leader?



    by: Tiptop from: Australia
    May 27, 2014 9:40 PM
    All the countries surrounding South China Sea said they have the unquestionable ownership of that area. I just don't believe them. None of the South East Asian country has the tradition or ability to utilize the sea so far away from the land merely a hundred years ago. It's really a shame China is only interested with take the whole area by its force. While most of the Chinese people still lives in miserable condition, the rise of China has already be a threat to the world.
    Really shameful.
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    by: Anonymous
    May 28, 2014 12:37 AM
    They should conduct a vote like with Russia and Crimea.

    China: Okay disputed territory, who do you want as your sovereign?
    PLA Destroyer 1: China.
    PLA Destroyer 2: China.
    PLA Destroyer 3: China.
    PLA Aircraft Carrier: China.
    Vietmanese Fishing Boat: Vietnam!
    China: China it is.
    America: *can't say anything*
    UN: *exiles China from the G7, formerly G8*
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    by: Anonymous
    May 27, 2014 10:51 PM
    Tiptop, shame on you

    by: Tiptop from: Australia
    May 27, 2014 9:30 PM
    I'm a Chinese and I have to admit what China is doing is really a shame. I'm glad no my friend or colleague has asked my opinion on this issue. I'm glad I have left China. No matter how China government advocating the Chinese Game, the whole China is just like a sinking boat, not the one sunk by other but sinking by itself.

    by: JoeMainland from: Japan
    May 27, 2014 7:25 PM
    China has troubles all of their neighbors.
    China all the time attack first place, and blame other country.
    Chinese say that other country violate "our" country first, and we re-act for, but in history Chinese violate and invade others.
    I don't support China.
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    by: Anonymous
    May 27, 2014 10:48 PM
    Does your notorious Japanese have the right to make the judgement of who attacks firstly. I believe that I should remind you who started China-Japan war in 1937. It was your Japanese killed Mr. Zhang Zuolin, attacked Shen Yang military base and then attacked Chinese troop on Marco Polo Bridge. I believe that I should remind you who attacked Pearl Harbour and killed many American troops firstly. I so that say, your notorious Japanese has not the right to say who is right or not.
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    by: justice_first from: US
    May 27, 2014 9:50 PM
    China has one rig, the only rig operation for China until now. Vietnam has over a thousand rigs in the SCS, and is drawing oil and gas for a profit. I think China is relatively restraint in not "attacking first".

    The Chinese are well known for being good in defense, not in attack. Japan though they could destroy China in three months but ended up unable to swallow the whole of China, nor defeating China, in eight long years from 1937 to 1945.
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