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

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Who Are US Allies in Fight Against Islamic State?

    There is little but opportunism keeping coalition together analysts warn — SDFs Arab militias are not united even among themselves, frequently squabble and don’t share Kurds' vision for post-Assad Syria

    Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Effective interaction with local populations part of everyday curriculum at Monterey, California, Defense Language Institute

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 2
     Previous    
    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
    Mary@.
    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!

    Anonymous@
    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
    @meanbill,
    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
    Zhishang,
    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
     Previous    

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora