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
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

Analyst: Joint-Arab Military Force Poses Perilous Challenge

Although international forces are desperately needed to counter the threat of the Islamic State group, analysts say conflicting alliances could escalate fighting More

Asia’s Middle Class Changes Demand for Wheat Grain Exporters

Changes in tastes and diets are boon for wheat exporters such as Australia and the United States More

S. African Comedian Taking Over Popular TV Show

Mixed-race comedian Trevor Noah, who is loved for his edgy jibes about race and language, is taking the helm from Jon Stewart at The Daily Show in US More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
by: Peter from: Australia
June 05, 2014 11:57 PM
Bulling your weaker neighbours never makes you a great country, China.
In Response

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2014 10:22 AM
The mosquito would not bite the Chinese and dogs if they did not invade its territory
In Response

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2014 6:01 AM
What's bulling? What would you do when a mosquito keep its mouth in your body?

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 05, 2014 9:58 PM
Good job China, show your power!
In Response

by: Willy from: USA
June 07, 2014 7:16 PM
A huge country like China showing "power" to a much smaller country like Vietnam is not exactly the kind of thing a world superpower acts. That is called "bullying", Mr. Huang. If you want to "show power", show it to the ones comparable your size, i.e. the U.S., and see if you are squashed like a worm under its foot.
I hope that Japan will decide to lift its own restriction to become a leader in Asia again. A tiny country like Japan can ride on the neck of this giant bully called "China" anytime.
In Response

by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:19 PM
What power???. The power of a steel ship compare to a wooden boat. Is that what you define power. A military boat compare to a fishing boat. Is that power to you.

Wow, i'm sure as hell overrated these Chinese. They can only compare there big ass military ship to a wooden fishing boat and call that power.

Such a poor soul, go burn in hell
In Response

by: Quang from: VietNam
June 06, 2014 10:14 AM
That 's right , China's good job that job to be learned from your ancestors,from your thousands year of culture,from your traditions...and now it's time to practise it.
In Response

by: Takashi from: Japan
June 06, 2014 9:55 AM
what is the power when bully small countries? If you want to show the power, just show to America!
In Response

by: Hoang from: Canada
June 06, 2014 9:54 AM
Big steel military Chinese ship sank small wooden Vietnamese fishing ship. That is the only way China can win a war. On land Chinese soldiers are nothing compared to Vietnamese.

by: Igor from: Russia
June 05, 2014 9:55 PM
As I said before. China is always an invader and cheater throughout history. Do you know how many times China has invaded Vietnam? Countless. The invading and cheating nature of China remains unchanged. Vietnam has never invaded China before. Vietnamese are peace loving people.

by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
June 05, 2014 7:55 PM
It's time for western companies to stop investing in China.
In Response

by: Willy from: USA
June 07, 2014 5:45 PM
How about stop buying ALL products with "made in China" label on them? That would teach China a lesson. Hit China when it hurts most: boycott all "made in China" products, as much as you can.

by: Preci-ProundtobeVietnames from: The West
June 05, 2014 12:17 PM
Such an incredible justification! China had to expend their oil rig defend zone to 17 miles to assure the protection? And the threat came from fishing wooden boats?

The truth is the ĐNa-90152-TS was fishing in its traditional fishing ground, far away from the location of the oil rig 981.

They, fishermen, who were struggle with their living by fishing. They had been announced that Chinese vessels were surround the oil rig within 10 miles. So this incident shows that Chinese vessels were not only defending the oil rig normally but also expend its defend zone to very far away for the purpose of ramming, causing death to any Vietnamese vessels and fishing boats to claim the lawless sea of China. This dangerous action is causing serious threat to innocent fishermen. DNa fishermen have to choose between carry on fishing with deadly threat appearing anywhere on their traditional fishing ground or stay home and starve to death.

Beside that, Watching the video again and again, we could easily realize that the ĐNa-90152-TS had managed to escaped from Chinese vessels which were very big but it seems Chinese vessels didn't want to spare its life, spare 10 human lives. This action must be an action of barbarians not an action of the oil rig protectors.

Moreover, after ramming to sink the ĐNa-90152-TS, Chinese vessels were still circling around. Despite of having no action to help, they still blocked the victims from rescue of other vietnamese fishing boats. Not until Vietnamese coastguard vessel came. This action is not only skipping UNLOS 1982 but also inhumane. It's more look like a foe's action than a neighbouring friend.

So, whatever China's justifications are, China just can cover the truth, the truth that lines in each Chinese action.
In Response

by: Anh Nguyen from: Vietnam
June 06, 2014 11:58 AM
Have you even been in cars accident before? This is ships ramming. Chinese vessel is 6 times bigger then its victim. And Vietnam hasn't catch any chinese fisherman. Please google yourself. All you may know is about China catching, beating Vietnamese fishermen. Please make yourself clear!

Of course not all Vietnamese people earn their living by fishing. But I think, Preci told us about Da Nang (DNa)fishermen. As I know, Da Nang is a beautiful land with friendly people. It has lots of traditional fishing villages. These villages have gone fishing for generations. China is the one who rob their traditional fishing ground.

Chi Le@
I think it's about time. I read that Vietnam govt is considering every legal actions to protect our sovereign
In Response

by: Ashley from: Morges
June 06, 2014 6:16 AM
@Mary: People are not blind, don't try to persuade others with such an unreasonable story.
In Response

by: Anonymous
June 06, 2014 5:57 AM
Fishing is the only way to live for VM? You call cn as friends, but you steal from your friends?
In Response

by: Marry from: NY
June 05, 2014 10:01 PM
I want think they want kill them. Maybe they just want to catch those fishermen, to exchange those Chinese fishermen caught by Vietnam government.
In Response

by: Chi Le from: USA
June 05, 2014 6:29 PM
It is enough for Vietnam to challenge the legality of China's territorial claims. Why hasn't Vietnam filed yet?

by: meanbill from: USA
June 05, 2014 11:38 AM
USING LOGIC? -- If the Chinese government is protecting and defending it's oil rig in the South China Sea -- it would use as much defensive measures needed to protect the Chinese oil rig, from attacking Vietnamese boats, wouldn't it? --- Whatever China and Vietnam disagree on -- the disagreement won't be settled in the news media, will it? ---- Just more US propaganda, since the US lost their credibility, as the greatest military force in history?
In Response

by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:30 PM
Yep, of course, according to the anonymous dude (or gal) probably coming from China.

Everyone could just tell their own interests => That's why we have a court for. To decide which is right and which is wrong. But if that so, then why China refuse to bring it to court, why China refuse to prove their claim for the territory.

Well, that is a fact and obviously not propaganda.

We are not talking about not ONLY the US but the MANY COUNTRIES FROM THE AROUND THE GLOBAL see China with their obviously misdeed.

If you said that this is just another propaganda then either you are a Chinese (duh) or just another person who just randomly pop a comment without even try to look for information
In Response

by: Anonymous
June 05, 2014 9:55 PM
Who could tell propaganda and facts? Everyone could just tell their own interests!
In Response

by: remied from: canada
June 05, 2014 6:21 PM
Its not propaganda but facts. China shouldn't be there. More Chinese bias comment.

by: Tuan from: Vietnam
June 05, 2014 10:39 AM
China is stealing from other countries.
Stop buying Made In China!
In Response

by: Ashley from: Morges
June 06, 2014 6:29 AM
Can you list any country with more than 2000 years old history which did not invade others or was invaded by others? Have Cambodia ever invaded our country? Read the history. At this time (2014), people are more civilized and of course, any action attacking innocent people should be accused.
In Response

by: Hoang from: Canada
June 06, 2014 6:15 AM
1/3 of present day China in the southern part used to belong to Vietnam. Hue Nguyen won every battle against Chinese invaders and was about to reclaim territories lost to China when he was poisoned. If you want to go back to centuries ago that Vietnam took territories from Cambodia, then Vietnam can also reclaim 1/3 of China belong to Vietnam.
We are talking about China aggressions in recent times after fall of Saigon and Chinese map in 1947, with tongue China claiming entire East Sea.
In Response

by: eric from: sr
June 06, 2014 3:26 AM
Not right Vietnamese
is stealing from Cambodia too why you don't know?
In Response

by: Tran Cuong from: HCMC
June 05, 2014 9:35 PM
Hey Zhishang from Hong Kong,
Your products poison not only people around the world but your own people. Stop using your product make us more healthy. don't you agree???? besides, your products mostly are fake
In Response

by: meanbill from: USA
June 05, 2014 12:32 PM
Hey Tuan from Vietnam, are you sure you want us Americans to stop buying those 'things" that are made in Vietnam, with a Chinese company label put in them? --- Are the parts made in Vietnam and assembled in China, or are the parts made in China and assembled in Vietnam? --- CRAZY isn't it?
In Response

by: Zhishang from: Hong Kong
June 05, 2014 12:17 PM
Tuan from Vietnam said China stealing from other countries so how about your country robbed Champa (middle Vietnam), and Kampuchea Krom (21 Southern Vietnam provinces) also now trying to plunder Cambodia and Laos. Read your own dark history before criticizing our country, China. Stop buying our product, your people will eat animal dung.

by: Anonymous from: Russia
June 05, 2014 9:18 AM
China is the aggressor, obviously.
In Response

by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 06, 2014 12:41 PM
@Jonathan huang: Obviously you are, and the Chinese government are
In Response

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 05, 2014 9:41 PM
Who is worshiping WWII war criminals in the shrine?
In Response

by: Shintaro Sakamoto from: Japan
June 05, 2014 6:08 PM
That's right. It looks like brainwashed people by CCP's propaganda say you are brainwashed. They won't face the abvious fact that cannot be denyed.
In Response

by: Celia from: Vietnam
June 05, 2014 12:27 PM
And I think you were brainwashed, Chenxi. You believe everything your government tell you, don't you? Well my asnwer is: Don't answer what questioned, question what answered!
In Response

by: whoaml from: china
June 05, 2014 12:19 PM
lt is china's own water
In Response

by: chenxi from: CHINA
June 05, 2014 11:27 AM
i dont think so,maybe you dont know much about the truth,and the history behing this .
Comments page of 2

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadistsi
Greg Flakus
March 30, 2015 6:48 PM
At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.

Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.

Video With Coalition Airstrikes, Iraq Entering 'Last Page' of IS Battle

American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State forces. Others say it could also deepen already-dangerous sectarian tensions in the region. VOA's Heather Murdock has more from Cairo.

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.

Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.

Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.

Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

Video Hi-tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety

In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation easier for motorcyclists. Designers at Moscow-based LiveMap are developing a smart helmet with a built-in navigation system, head-mounted display and voice recognition. Zlatica Hoke has more.

Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

VOA Blogs

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.