News / Asia

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”.
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
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.

You May Like

Tired of Waiting, South Africans Demand Change ‘Now’

With chronic poverty and lack of basic services largely fueling recent xenophobic attacks, many in Rainbow Nation say it’s time for government to act More

Challenges Ahead for China's Development Plans in Pakistan

Planned $46 billion in energy and infrastructure investments in Pakistan are aimed at transforming the country into a regional hub for trade and investment More

'Forbidden City' Revisits Little Known Era of Asian-American Entertainment

Little-known chapter of entertainment history captured in 80s documentary is revisited in new digitally remastered format and book More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
    Next 
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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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?
In Response

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?
In Response

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.
In Response

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
In Response

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!
In Response

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????
In Response

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.
In Response

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
In Response

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!
In Response

by: Quang from: VietNam
June 06, 2014 10:08 AM
I am sure there is tofu in your brain.
In Response

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.
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.
Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festivali
X
April 24, 2015 4:09 AM
Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Cinema That Crosses Borders Showcased at Tribeca Film Festival

Among the nearly 100 feature length films being shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City are more than 20 documentaries and features with international appeal, from a film about a Congolese businessman in China, to documentaries shot in Pakistan and diaspora communities in the U.S., to a poetic look at disaffected South African youth. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security. VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports.
Video

Video Growing Numbers of Turks Discover Armenian Ancestry

In a climate of improved tolerance, growing numbers of people in Turkey are discovering their grandmothers were Armenian. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians escaped the mass deportations and slaughter of the early 1900's by forced conversion to Islam. Or, Armenian children were taken in by Turkish families and assimilated. Now their stories are increasingly being heard. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul that the revelations are viewed as an important step.
Video

Video Migrants Trek Through Western Balkans to Reach EU

Migrants from Africa and other places are finding different routes into the European Union in search of a better life. The Associated Press followed one clandestine group to document their trek through the western Balkans to Hungary. Zlatica Hoke reports that the migrants started using that route about four years ago. Since then, it has become the second-most popular path into Western Europe, after the option of sailing from North Africa to Italy.
Video

Video TIME Magazine Honors Activists, Pioneers Seen as Influential

TIME Magazine has released its list of celebrities, leaders and activists, whom it deems the world’s “most influential” in 2015. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports from New York.
Video

Video US Businesses See Cuba as New Frontier

The Obama administration's opening toward Cuba is giving U.S. companies hope they'll be able to do business in Cuba despite the continuation of the U.S. economic embargo against the communist nation. Some American companies have been able to export some products to Cuba, but the recent lifting of Cuba's terrorism designation could relax other restrictions. As VOA's Daniela Schrier reports, corporate heavy hitters are lining up to head across the Florida Straits - though experts urge caution.
Video

Video Kenya Launches Police Recruitment Drive After Terror Attacks

Kenya launched a major police recruitment drive this week as part of a large-scale effort to boost security following a recent spate of terror attacks. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports that allegations of corruption in the process are raising old concerns about the integrity of Kenya’s security forces.
Video

Video Japan, China in Race for Asia High-Speed Rail Projects

A lucrative competition is underway in Asia for billions of dollars in high-speed rail projects. Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are among the countries planning to move onto the fast track. They are negotiating with Japan and the upstart Chinese who are locked in a duel to revolutionize transportation across Asia. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok has details.
Video

Video Scientists: Mosquitoes Attracted By Our Genes

Some people always seem to get bitten by mosquitoes more than others. Now, scientists have proved that is really the case - and they say it’s all because of genes. It’s hoped the research might lead to new preventative treatments for diseases like malaria, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Bible Museum Coming to Washington DC

Washington is the center of American political power and also home to some of the nation’s most visited museums. A new one that will showcase the Bible has skeptics questioning the motives of its conservative Christian funders. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Armenia and Politics of Word 'Genocide'

A century ago this April, hundreds of thousands of Armenians of the Turkish Ottoman empire were deported and massacred, and their culture erased from their traditional lands. While broadly accepted by the U.N. and at least 20 countries as “genocide”, the United States and Turkey have resisted using that word to describe the atrocities that stretched from 1915 to 1923. But Armenians have never forgotten.
Video

Video Afghan First Lady Pledges No Roll Back on Women's Rights

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, named one of Time's 100 Most Influential, says women should take part in talks with Taliban. VOA's Rokhsar Azamee has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Keeping Washington Airspace Safe Is Tall Order

Being the home of all three branches of the U.S. federal government makes Washington, D.C. the prime target for those who want to make their messages and ideas heard. Unfortunately, many of them choose to deliver them in unorthodox ways, including from the air, as a recent incident clearly showed involving a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.

VOA Blogs