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Hanoi Says Chinese Ships Ram, Sink Vietnamese Fishing Boat

A Vietnamese fisheries patrol ship shows signs of damage that Hanoi says was a result of being rammed by Chinese vessels during recent encounters in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
A Vietnamese fisheries patrol ship shows signs of damage that Hanoi says was a result of being rammed by Chinese vessels during recent encounters in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
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Vietnam says a Chinese vessel has rammed and sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea, near where Beijing has placed an oil rig.
 
Hanoi maritime officials say 10 fishermen had to be rescued after their boat was struck Monday by the Chinese fishing vessel.
 
China has not commented on the incident, which occurred about 30 kilometers from where Beijing has stationed the massive, state-run oil rig.
 
Vietnamese and Chinese boats have repeatedly clashed since China moved the rig on May 1 to an area within what Hanoi considers its exclusive economic zone.
 
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. In addition, we try to avoid any intentional clashes with Chinese vessels to minimize damages and casualties on our end," said Le.
 
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.
 
At the beginning of the dispute, the two sides exchanged water cannon fire and Hanoi accused Chinese vessels of ramming Vietnamese ships. Several Vietnamese were injured in the encounters.
 
Meanwhile, 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 at 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: Canada from: Canada
June 23, 2014 11:23 AM
If China leaders can eat 90% East see, they will repeat the same thing and will eat 90% of the world. The more they eat the more they feel hungry.

by: James R from: USA
May 29, 2014 3:48 AM
I am originally from the Philippines and China's blatant lies of their conduct in the Shouth China Sea/ West Philippine sea is a testament to their greed and lack of regard to international laws and the life, rights and sovereignity of other Nations and its people. Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines and other countries in SEA should unite to defend what is rightly ours and show China that they are not above the laws of this planet or its other inhabitants!

by: hương from: vietnam
May 28, 2014 4:58 AM
China is a greedy country, they want to turn the ocean into their lake, they draw a map and claim other countries territory theirs. They think that a big country can defeat small countries easily, but they are wrong. History proves that Vietnamese will fight to the end and the victory belongs to the righteous. I hope Chinese people and peole in the world who love peace and justice will not be lied by Chinese goverment.

by: Chi Le from: USA
May 26, 2014 9:06 PM
Through its history, Vietnam always has been blocked by China, and also Vietnamese people. While a dictator of China’s government is preaching security and peace, the government is the cause of all the uproar in Vietnam. A challenge to the legality of China’s maritime claims is required, and a military alliance with the U.S. should be carried out at the time. Why hasn’t yet Vietnam’s government done? Japan and the Philippines did although they are stronger than Vietnam.
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by: Ian from: USA
May 27, 2014 1:38 PM
To Captain Ron ,
I have to say you are wrong in throwing your bitterness toward the wrong person , in this case , Chi Le .
She might be one of those South Vietnamese who put their trusts in their American friends . Imagine the communists from the North still have the whole support from the communist block (including Russia , Mainland China, Eastern European countries) while our famous Henry Kissinger wheeling and dealing under the table with China to sell South Vietnam . Imagine all the countries from the Free world withdraw as well (Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan , Australia , New Zealand ) , no more weapons , no more aid.
50,000 American soldiers died for a good cause , but put your blame on our congress & the anti-war in this country who betrayed you and the south Vietnamese . Have you ever asked yourself how many South Vietnamese died trusting us ? how many died at sea afterward .
I heard the number was close to 300,000 perished at sea , and a bigger number than that languished or died in the so called "re-education camp"
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by: Captain Ron
May 27, 2014 11:43 AM
@Chi.... We offered a military alliance back in the 60's and early 70's, and it cost us 50,000+ dead. Your country chose communism & socialism instead of liberty & freedom.

Funny you should post this on Our Memorial Day holiday.

Your on your own.

by: Tuan from: Vietnam
May 26, 2014 8:47 PM
The rise of China is the threat to Vietnam, Phillippine, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and peaceful sea-route transportation. Where were the chinese in 1800-1970? And now they come to invade 90% of South China Sea.

America, please stop buying stuffs from China to help Southeast Asian countries.

Greedy chinese steal things from people.
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by: Vi Thuy
May 27, 2014 4:57 PM
Captain Ron,
America turned their back on the Southern Vietnamese government by withdrawing all your troops from Vietnam in the middle of the fight. The war was costly to America and simply America did not see the benefit of helping the Southern Vietnamese government to win the fight. It was more like the abandon after all you guys had promised to supply weapons.
Truthfully, the Communist Vietnam has not been able to run Vietnam properly ( lots of corruptions and social issues )
However, it is right for a country to be as one in a sense of nationalism when the Southern Vietnamese and a Northern Vietnamese live undivided.
I believe if the Vietnamese all united will be able to fight against China.
The USA will not stand on the sideline to watch as China is growling in Asia because it just simply can not stand to lose power, benefits and control over the region. The US wants its share too. History repeats itself. The same reason why the US had to be in Asia ( in Vietnam ) during the Vietnam war.
The only mistake the US has made is it has been feeding that China from a baby size to a giant evil one by using the globalization economic model, allowing China to specialize in all consumer products while thinking selling weapons and having obtained all oil source would secure the USA.
I would bet the US government will offer to be a so called mediator.
We'll see.
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by: Vi Thuy
May 27, 2014 4:38 PM
Boycott all Chinese products in Vietnam is the first step to stop this evil giant. Do not buy anything that is made in China. Destroy all Chinese imported products.
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by: Captain Ron
May 27, 2014 11:38 AM
Sorry Tuan, back in the late 60's early 70's your country chose communism. Even during your civil war, the military from the south often fought with the US to leave, and made it difficult if not impossible to defeat the communists. Like it or not, we are not willing to go this route again. We have learned our lessons that cost 50,000+ American lives that have caused nothing but grief to this day.

You post this on Our Memorial day, which makes it even more bitter.

While I agree we should slow down or even stop buying chinese goods, You and your communist government are on your own now. Deal with it how you see fit, but don't ask us to get involved again.
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by: Jane Doe from: Frisco
May 27, 2014 10:21 AM
Right!
Most "stuffs from China" are either bad or not working as intended anyway. Can openers slip. Garden tools break. Leather belts crack. Flash drives eat data and then die. Foods packages contain body part of bugs. Dog treats kill dogs. Baby milk powder and baby food make kidneys stones. ... ...

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