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Vietnam Association Demands Release of Boat, Crew from China

FILE - Vietnamese fishermen paddle their boat in Vung Tau, 125 kilometers (77 miles) southeast of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh city.
FILE - Vietnamese fishermen paddle their boat in Vung Tau, 125 kilometers (77 miles) southeast of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh city.

A Vietnamese fishing association is demanding the release of a ship and crew taken into custody by Chinese authorities in the South China Sea last week.

According to the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, six Vietnamese fishermen were detained July 3 off China's Hainan Island.

But the deputy head of Vietnam's Fisheries Association, Vo Van Trac, said in an interview with VOA's Vietnamese service the arrests took place to the southeast, in waters near the Paracel Islands.

"In reality, the fishing boat was operating within Vietnam’s waters. Fishermen who witnessed the capture and the local unit which oversees fishing ships have confirmed that the incident took place within Vietnam’s sovereignty. Fishermen and the Quang Ngai Province Fisheries Society have reported that it was the fact. They have sent documents over to us," said Trac.

State media reports say Hanoi has demanded that Beijing reveal the exact location where the incident took place.

Luong Thanh Quang, a senior official with the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Sunday the department representatives met with their counterparts at the Chinese embassy in Hanoi to ask for that information.  

On Saturday, the Vietnamese Foreign Affairs Ministry also asked its embassy in Beijing to work with Chinese agencies to verify the information and take necessary measures to protect the fishermen.

Vietnam and China have been involved in a two-month dispute over a Chinese oil rig that Hanoi says is in its territorial waters near the Paracel Islands. Beijing says the rig is within its territory.

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

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by: Mary Lee from: USA
July 08, 2014 5:59 PM
So far, Vietnam has been losing when playing the Chinese games: can't match China's 4,000 years culture of lying and distorting facts, can't match ship-for-ship destruction when outnumbered 10 to 1, can't address 5,000 years of barbarian governance... To have a fair chance, Vietnam must return to her core competency of asymmetric warfare: an unexplainable explosion of Chinese oil rig and cost-effectively home-made bombs for every fishing boat leaving the shore of Vietnam.
Enough talks and protest. It's time for meaningful action!
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by: Vincent from: Garden grove
July 08, 2014 11:14 PM
I totally agree with your comment enough is enough Vietnam need to do some thing now other than protest , china is arrogant . I say attack china with fire

by: William Li from: canada
July 08, 2014 10:29 AM
vietname communist party is greedy, corrupt and evil. Stop invading chinese sea territories! stop using the conflict to distract ppls attention from the internal problems!
China should never helped viet cong to defeat america. China should kept Viet divided!
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by: Dan from: alaskan
July 08, 2014 5:27 PM
It would new source of revenue for chin govt is to kidnap vn fishermen and demand money..hahahah
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by: Nam from: USA
July 08, 2014 3:56 PM
Agree with Linh 100%. Chinese People keep thinking that China helped VC win the war but the fact is the American People helped VN win the war by putting pressure on the politicians. China has gone under the table with the US to keep VN divided but the VC were very stubborn and united the country regardless.
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by: James from: USA
July 08, 2014 2:24 PM
Shame on Chinese ... stealing, robberies then blam on someone else.
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by: Linh from: USA
July 08, 2014 12:45 PM
you're right about greedy "Communist" and China shouldn't help Vietnam to win the South Vietnam. that is why "Greedy China" wants to entitle all land and sea from Vietnam. Did you see your country wants to own %90 Southeast ocean? who is greedy now? who is stealing the world technologies? who is greedy making cheap products with toxic and send them all over the world? who is greedy invading your neighbors "Phillip, Japan, etc.."? who is greedy that want to re-united with Taiwan who didn't want it? who is greedy that over power HongKong who wants to be separate from mainland? China is so right then there should be incident in 1989 and you should be in Mainland instead of in Canada!

by: Eva Duff from: Saudi Arabia
July 08, 2014 6:44 AM
China is very deceitful and an incorrigible liar. If you are aware that you are dealing with a doublespeak and a liar, is it worthy to proceed further on any negotiations?

by: vinh from: usa California
July 08, 2014 12:36 AM
What a joke. Vietnamese will only unite to take our country back when the corrupt communist government of Vietnam drops their party and truly unites our people with true democracy.

by: jack from: china
July 07, 2014 11:10 PM
who is lying?
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by: william li from: canada
July 08, 2014 10:32 AM
@adam, you are wrong, China and south Korea are having very good relationship now.
yesterday, Chinese and Koreans are united in Australia to protest Japan's war atrocities! Japan should stop worshiping war criminals, face the history, give up wars forever! return islands to Korea and China!
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by: Adam from: Paris
July 08, 2014 5:30 AM
Don't follow what Chinese say, follow what they do.
China now have big problems not only with Vietnam but also with Japan, Korea, The Philippines, India... China is a big liar.
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by: hong
July 08, 2014 3:11 AM
china is lying
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by: Richard from: USA
July 08, 2014 12:23 AM
Japan is rising . Don't piss them off -China
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by: matt from: USA
July 08, 2014 12:19 AM
Vietnam fish men was arrested in an area not disputed at all, they were clearly in Chinese water. I don't think demand would do them any good. They need to say sorry first.

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