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Vietnam Shows Boat Ramming Video, China Opposes

FILE - A Vietnamese sinking boat (L) which was rammed and then sunk by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracels Islands, is seen near a Marine Guard ship (R) at Ly Son island of Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province.
FILE - A Vietnamese sinking boat (L) which was rammed and then sunk by Chinese vessels near disputed Paracels Islands, is seen near a Marine Guard ship (R) at Ly Son island of Vietnam's central Quang Ngai province.
Vietnam has released a video showing a Chinese vessel sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat last week in the South China Sea.

The Chinese ship in the video, played on National Television (VTV) Thursday, first separates two smaller Vietnamese fishing boats and then hits one of them, causing it to capsize and sink near the site of a controversial oil rig that China has located in disputed waters.

Vietnam's state-owned TV channel calls the video “irrefutable evidence of China’s inhumane actions toward Vietnamese fishermen.” The captain of the lost fishing boat, Dang Van Nhan, told VOA's Vietnamese service last week that the Chinese vessels “came attacking us, trying to kill us.”

Addressing the video Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, said the Vietnamese boats were the aggressors.  

“In the relevant seas, China’s ships were on the defensive and Vietnam’s ships were on the offence,” said Hong. "China’s ships were only about 17 nautical miles from China’s Zhongjian Island while Vietnam’s ships sailed a long way, almost 160 nautical miles, to reach the site. So which site initiated the clash at the site? Which side created tension at the site? This is very clear”.
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China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
But the deputy head of Hanoi's National Border Committee, Tran Duy Hai, denied an allegation by Beijing that Vietnamese vessels have rammed Chinese ships 120 times since early May.

“It is very clear in video clips that Chinese ships intentionally hit and fired water cannons at Vietnamese boats, on which Chinese media have publicly reported. So China admitted its actions. Vietnam has not done such actions,” said Tran.

According to Vietnamese officials, Chinese ships have damaged 24 Vietnamese ships and injured 12 members of its fisheries surveillance force.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Vietnamese service.

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by: Thi buoi from: USA
June 08, 2014 4:42 PM
So what china don,t ready care about that,what VN can do......knee and pray....

by: peter from: USA
June 06, 2014 10:48 PM
What I see here is that Vietnam boats tried to remove or interrupt the oil rig, and Chinese boats were defending. So, all the fishing boat should stay away from the area and go fishing somewhere else. If you are trying to attack the oil rig, then do it like a man, and don't cry foul like a baby.
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by: Young thing from: nowhere
June 08, 2014 1:41 AM
@ Willy: It's sad, Willy! Our town doesn't really have any real cop. Obviously, the council and other citizens don't agree with that bully and his playhouse. Seeing the bully aimed to teeth, the owner has no choice but call for help, but it seems people afraid to get hurt. If all townies are up together, the bully will have to run away.
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by: Willy from: USA
June 07, 2014 5:41 PM
How on earth can those little fishing boats "try to remove or interrupt" the giant oil rig? And why should they have to go fishing "somewhere else" when this is well within Vietnam's EEZ, according to UNCLOS which China is supposed to abide by. Let's say you have a big yard and some bully comes to your yard, puts on it a huge playhouse and tells you that you and your kids are not allowed 10 feet from his playhouse. What would you do? Are you going to tell your kids to stay in your house or "go somewhere else" to play because that bully and his playhouse is occupying your yard? What would you do "like a man", Peter?
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by: ChiChi from: South Korea
June 07, 2014 12:30 AM
that's what u call defending, LOL. and who interrupted whom?? in my country, there's an old saying that goes:"dont open ur mouth when u know nothing". be wise, ok?
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by: phan from: vietnam
June 06, 2014 11:47 PM
Do you a knowledge man? Did you read any history books?How stupid you are when you said that oil rig likes a victim!

by: Lin Lin from: Chinatown
June 06, 2014 7:56 PM
As always, China is state of denial. Their tone of voice and language reflect their attitude and behavior. Readers know who is at fault.

by: Quang from: SaiGon
June 06, 2014 10:01 AM
A small brain in a fat body that is China. They are trying to cheat the world. How can the China's leaders explain what Chinese vessel is doing with VietNamese fishermen?

by: will from: Atlanta
June 06, 2014 9:58 AM
Test

by: gosho from: Hanoi
June 06, 2014 5:12 AM
This world will be peaceful when it is without China.
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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:14 PM
Not exactly, i don't want China to go extinct. But i'm sure as hell want to choke Chinese government

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2014 2:31 AM
Chinese Hong's claim sounds really funny that small wooden boats provoke and try to hit Chinese vessels
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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:13 PM
Lol, no kidding, that is one of those many funny claim come from China

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2014 2:20 AM
Well, at least this changes China's foreign policy of denying everything. Now they know how to spin doctor things, but they're still several steps behind.

What happened to all the smart people in China? China, comparable to India, had the highest intelligence rates in the world for over 2,000 years until the British and friends took over the region. Did the British and Russians selectively commit genocide? Were they deemed unworthy by the college examination system? Did they immigrate overseas? Or were they all killed or imprisoned at Tienanmen? I guess this is what happens when you get a bunch of countryside peasants and farmers together and let them govern 1.3 billion people.

by: HongYun from: China
June 06, 2014 1:50 AM
China will punish anyone against us!
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by: Hong Nguyen from: Vietnam
June 08, 2014 12:39 PM
To: Hong Yun. What do you mean "punish" here? China is stealing Vietnam's oil and fish. You may have no heart??? You may not be a human being.......Do you know behind the 10 fishermen, there might be 30, 40 or even 70 people? They are the breadwinner of their family. If they died, there would be at least 10 orphans. How would their life be without their Dad in the future????Poor children!!! You yourself? Don't you have a father, mother, brother, or a son????
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by: Wolf from: US
June 06, 2014 1:35 PM
@HongYun - No kidding eh? I am sure you are proud with that statement you just said which had been evidenced through the June 4, 1989 Massacre in Tiananmen Square? Where thousands of your own Chinese brothers and sisters got "Rammed" too ?? (and that is only one incident out of many more) Keep in that flat brain of yours, one day you will be that tiny dude who is running for survival too by your beloved, retarded Chinese Communist Party leaders.

Or worst they will send you and all your love ones to pick a fight and senselessly die for their greedy, corrupted, and evil causes against the rest of the civilized world citizens. You need to apply your nationalism wisely and wake up from that foolish "dream" the CPC is trying to brain screwed you. The so called "China Dream" could soon turn into a "China nightmare" for all Chinese. Remember Greed is the root cause of all sufferings and self destruction.
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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:12 PM
I think Hitler said the same thing, ain't i right HongYun.

And we all know what happen to him
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by: Viet from: Ha Noi
June 06, 2014 11:19 AM
To Hong Yun: your comment show how combative you are. But at least, you dare to tell the truth, which is much better than the China coward spokeman Hong Lei who was saying that "China’s ships were on the defensive and Vietnam’s ships were on the offence". What a liar!
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by: Quang from: VietNam
June 06, 2014 10:08 AM
I am sure there is tofu in your brain.
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by: Ly Chen from: China
June 06, 2014 7:54 AM
How stupid and immoral your comment is.Do you see the video that a big chinese ship ramp small fishing boat and sink it that could almost kill 10 fisherman.

by: Kamikaze from: Japan
June 06, 2014 12:59 AM
Nobody believes what PRC's officials announce. We all in the rest of the world support Vietnam and other neighboring countries. Chinese pirate ships are again invading Japanese inherent territorial waters today. PRC should learn that it is waste of time and cost. Japan never steps back from evil, greedy, and barbaric PRC. Japan is ready to alter its constitution to get rid of pirate PRC.
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