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Vietnam, China Spar Over Vessel-ramming Near Oil Rig

FILE - A Chinese Coast Guard vessel, with the disputed oil rig in the background, is seen in the South China Sea  June 13, 2014.
FILE - A Chinese Coast Guard vessel, with the disputed oil rig in the background, is seen in the South China Sea June 13, 2014.

Vietnam and China on Tuesday traded accusations that each had rammed a vessel owned by the other near a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters.

The Deputy Head of the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department, Ha Le, told VOA Tuesday that two Vietnamese sailors were injured and one Fisheries Surveillance ship was severely damaged when seven Chinese ships chased the Vietnamese vessel before ramming it Monday.

“We don’t accept the so-called ‘security cordon’ around the oil rig as stated by China. What they said was not true. Based on the evidence we have recorded, Chinese vessels purposefully blocked and rammed our ships, causing damage to our ships," said Ha Le.

He also stressed that Vietnamese ships have never attacked China’s vessels and protested against China’s so-called ‘security barrier’ within Vietnamese waters.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a Tuesday news briefing that the Vietnamese vessel breached China’s security barrier and rammed a Chinese boat.


New map stirs controversy

Meanwhile, China’s unveiling of a new map of the South China Sea is causing concern among some Vietnamese.

China’s Hunan Map Publishing House this week unveiled a new vertical map of China that includes two large clusters of islands, the Paracels and the Spratlys, and Vietnam’s economic zone.

Chinese spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the new map was nothing to be concerned about.

"Map publishers in some of China's relevant provinces compiled and published a new and vertical version of the map of China. I believe the goal of relevant map publishers compiling and publishing various versions of the map of China is to serve the Chinese public. As for their intentions, I don't think it is necessary to read too much into it. The Chinese government's position on the South China Sea issue is consistent and extremely clear,"

But prominent Vietnamese historian Nguyen Nha told VOA's Vietnamese service that the move clearly shows China’s expansion goals and paves the way for Beijing to engulf the entire South China Sea. He said the action could be even more inflammatory than China’s use of the oil rig.

“All of China’s acts aim to implement their sovereignty claims in reality which account for 80 percent of the South China Sea. This is a form of invasion of Vietnam’s territory defined by U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea,” said Nguyen Nha.

China is involved in overlapping maritime territorial disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

This report was produced in collaboration with VOA’s Vietnamese Service

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Comment Sorting
by: art from: usa
June 27, 2014 4:10 AM
1- STOP buying CHINA products.
2- STOP traveling to CHINA.
3-STOP flying CHINA airline (even via connections)
4- STOP doing business with CHINA
5- STOP teaching or showing CHINA how to make a copy (this is what chinese will come back
and bite you).
6- STOP selling high tech goods to CHINA.
7- STOP spying for CHINA.
8- STOP making friends to CHINA.
9- STOP inviting chinese to your countries (this is where they spy or engage in espionage)
10- STOP watching chinese movies or TV series opera

by: gosho from: vietnam
June 26, 2014 4:41 AM
What China is doing to Vietnam is against what the Confucianism taught them. They should study again the Confucianism.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 26, 2014 8:55 PM
@ian, you are so stupid. China uses Confucius as a weapon like America uses democracy. This weapon is used to destroy enemies!
If Confucius is so great, why would we teach you? If democracy is so great, why would America force other countries to accept it?
The same reason, China stoped teaching other countries communism, because we only want it for ourselves. Cant wait to see viet destroy it's communist!
In Response

by: Ian from: USA
June 26, 2014 1:09 PM
Jonathan ,
Strange that you mention "Confucianism made china weak, and resulted into the hundred years of humiliation. "
Yet the Chinese government is currently establishing Confucius Institutes all over the world .
We are quite "Confuse" over your government 's "Confucius" motive. Wonder if China 's intention is to make the whole world weak ?
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by: jonathan huang from: canada
June 26, 2014 10:56 AM
Confucianism made china weak, and resulted into the hundred years of humiliation. Its the communist party makes china strong again!
but for viet, I would be happy to see you guys remove your communist party, and to make your country weak.

by: Tonny from: Tran
June 26, 2014 2:33 AM
China only dares to bully small countries.
USA and Nato should teach China a lesson so that China must respect the international law.

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 26, 2014 1:21 AM
Viet stop being stupid. UNCLOS is NOT mandatory! Like America didn't ratify it yet! Therefore it's not an international law! And be careful, China signed the convention with conditions that anyone's EEZ should never breach China traditional sea territory. PRC inherited South China Sea nine dash line from Taiwan, ROC! We are not interested in any other countries territory, we only want to take back what belongs to us, specifically every islands within the nine dash line! We didn't creat the nine dash line just for our convenient, the dash line was published in 1947! China is a peaceful country, we only want our islands back!
In Response

by: John from: USA
June 26, 2014 10:05 PM
why you are not living in you??
what happen in 25 years ago at tiananmen square?? dog eat dog
shame for china

by: Igor from: Russia
June 25, 2014 11:11 PM
The map issued by a pirate has no value at all because it is not recognized internationally. It only shows the true color of a pirate state: invading and robbing lands and seas of other countries for thousands of years, buying weapons and products from other countries to copy them illegally....achieving goals at any cost, by any dirty means.
In Response

by: Tle from: California
June 26, 2014 11:24 PM
China is a peaceful country?
The China Communist party is much much dangerous to the world's peace than the
Nazi Germany. More than half century ago it invaded Tibet. Then it used forced
to took the Paracel Island from the Republic of Viet Nam in 1974. Then it gave
support for the Khmer Rouge regime to kill million of innocent people.
In Response

by: jonathan huang from: canada
June 26, 2014 10:48 AM
you mean the annexation of Crimea?
actually we chinese support you, my russian brother! we love Putin!
He is a real man! there is a lot to learn from his bravery!

by: meanbill from: USA
June 25, 2014 8:09 PM
PROVE IT? -- Show the whole-wide world that the Chinese EEZ or "nine dash line" in the South China Sea violates the "Law of the Sea" or any other law, or is this just more Vietnamese propaganda? -- Just draw your own map, to spite the Chinese, that'll fix them, won't it?

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