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Vietnam: China Still Attacking Ships Near Oil Rig

Chinese Coast Guard ships are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off Vietnamese coast, May 14, 2014.
Chinese Coast Guard ships are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off Vietnamese coast, May 14, 2014.
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Vietnam says Chinese ships protecting a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea continue to attack Vietnamese ships on a daily basis.

The head of Vietnam's Fisheries Surveillance Department, Nguyen Ngoc Oai, told VOA's Vietnamese service Wednesday that Chinese ships are still targeting Vietnamese ships for ramming and attacks with water cannon.

"Chinese ships rammed a vessel of Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance forces [Wednesday], breaking the entire balcony and sprayed water cannons damaging all the cabin glasses, communications equipment, and maritime devices on the ship," he said.

He said no one was injured in the attack.

He added that the Chinese vessels are also increasing the range of their patrols around the oil rig to cover a larger area of water.

"Previously, Chinese vessels protecting the oil rig operated within five-six nautical miles [9-11 kilometers] around the platform, but they have now expanded their ranges of operation to eight nautical miles" [or 15 kilometers]," he said.

Vietnamese and Chinese boats have repeatedly clashed since May 1 when China moved the oil rig to an area within what Hanoi considers its exclusive economic zone.

Beijing says Vietnamese ships have harassed Chinese vessels in waters that China claims are its territory.

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

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by: NG from: Canada
June 18, 2014 3:23 PM
See the Video below, Vietnamese ships rammed Chinese coast guard ships. Vietnam should be the aggressor to try to hit the oil rig and Chinese coast guard ships, but Vietnam ships are small compared to Chinese coast guard ships, you can see how aggressive Vietnam is. Vietnam even harass the bigger ships than theirs. Amazing.

by: Cranie from: 95111
June 06, 2014 10:03 PM
Chinese fishing ship rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat ( oil rig )

by: meanbill from: USA
June 06, 2014 7:57 PM
A COMMUNICATION PROBLEM? -- Vietnam say Chinese ships are attacking Vietnam fishing boats -- (AND?) -- China says it is defending it's oil rig from attacking Vietnam fishing boats? -- (PROBLEM?) -- (People should do their jobs, (and let their military do what they're paid for), if it can't be solved by negotiations)..

CRAZY isn't it? -- How different people (see different things) in different views, isn't it? -- FACT?) -- Fishermen should fish, and oil workers should seek oil, and both governments should work to solve the differences between them?
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by: TQaust from: Australia
June 07, 2014 6:32 PM
Well my dear meanbill, what will you do when you are watching tv at home and you see there is a burglar breaking the window to get in. Will you let it happening?

by: art from: US
June 05, 2014 10:37 PM
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
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by: Reality
June 06, 2014 3:20 PM
Please take out your jack, your shirt, your pan and short pan
Please throw away your laptop, desktop, washing machine, dishwasher, vacuum and fridge
Please throw away your cellphone, your Ipad, your Ipod, your telephone
Please throw away your car, your bicycle, your motor
Because even if they are not make in China, there must be some parts or cotton, or wool make in China.

by: chris from: usa
June 05, 2014 6:57 PM
China and Vietnam have been going at it for 4,000 years. Yet, the smaller country is still called Vietnam. The Vietnamese even took out the Mongols three times. They still have their own language. Much respect to the Vietnamese for their bravery and standing up to the much bigger bullies with slanty eyes and their ching chong headache of a language. not to mention their dirty foot massage parlors and their cheap cancer causing products and their hacking of US government websites. China is evil. The world will unite and put them in its place.
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by: tony from: new zealand
June 07, 2014 6:29 PM
Personally, I think the Chinese language(s) sound miles nicer than Vietnamese, but that's such a petty thing to point out. And I'm sure Vietnamese also have their dirty foot massage parlours and are considered slanty-eyed. Vietnamese do have their own language, but use Roman characters. Chris, are you an idiot or simply the worst troll ever?
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by: Chinese Christian from: USA
June 07, 2014 3:39 PM
Listen. America has been going at it for 8 years and got beat by Vietnam. What a joke. So what is grand old daddy America going to do now? Come in and help the Vietnamese so they can beat you again, after you get pounded by the Chinese first. American products are worthless, made of junk, by way too high-paying American workers who somehow deceive themselves into thinking that hey make the best products in the world. HA HA. What a joke. China now has thousands of high-speed rail, what does USA have? Your education sucks too. Your high schools and colleges are filled with dim-wits, drug addicts, and sexual freaks. You think you have the most powerful bombs, therefore you are the best, blah blah. Bottom line is you fear a rising power that can become even better than you. You're insecure and jealous. You resort to violence (e.g. in the Middle East, and now Asia) to achieve your dominance. Yet, you don't realize you are exhausting yourself.

by: Clayton Bigsby from: USA
June 05, 2014 3:53 PM
The Chinese is land grabbing via mythological history. Their ridiculous 9 dash claim has no international basis whatsoever. Reason the Chinese are afraid of an international forum or court is because they probably would award the area around the rig’s location to Vietnam since its distance to the Vietnamese mainland (120 nautical miles) is only slightly greater than that to Woody Island (103 nautical miles). Past negotiations and arbitrations of maritime boundaries worldwide islands far larger than the Paracels have been given a third or less weight than mainland coasts. The Chinese would rather thieve than pursue this peaceful route.
Chinese= Thieves
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by: Chinese Christian from: USA
June 07, 2014 4:17 PM
When America bombed Iraq, did the American president and the American people seek the approval of the United Nations? When the answer was a resounding "NO", America went ahead with its largest mass scale atrocity against the population of Iraq. America is the greatest violator of international law. If anything, Americans = the REAL thieves
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by: Duke Le from: USA
June 06, 2014 4:07 AM
International Court would be ideal for Vietnam and neighboring countries. Unfortunately China does not view this as serious matters.

by: Tuan from: Vietnam
June 05, 2014 10:30 AM
Chinese leaders are so greedy that they can lie and put poison in thier products and sell in poor countries. Apple and orange are from China. But they mark as Product of USA and sell in Vietnam.
I can not get it. Why do the Vietnamese authorities stil trade with China???
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by: USA from: USA
June 05, 2014 10:20 PM
because the vietnamese authorities get a big cut. so, who is more dirty

by: Tuan from: Vietnam
June 05, 2014 10:24 AM
Johnatan Huang is from China mainland and talks like a kids of a government officer. Chinese officers are know as evil. They rob every penny from poor Chinese people thru Made In China. Now they are robbing neighbor countries and sell it in America. Greedy Chinese can kill their own people.

Supper powers are the world problem solvers, NOT a trouble maker like China right now. Everyone hates greedy Chinese. Stop buying Made In China.
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by: Lam from: Vietnam
June 08, 2014 12:43 PM
@Chinese Christian: Khmer Rouge is supported by Chinese. I think you know it already... So, China is the best? And absolutely, Cambodian like a boss of Khmer Rouge - Cambodian killer?
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by: Chinese Christian from: USA
June 07, 2014 6:02 PM
You know, I have a lot of Vietnamese friends.So I hate to fight with you guys. But here it goes. Stop pretending Vietnam is this innocent pristine victim of China. Vietnam is a bully onto itself, a local bully in its own right, which for hundreds of years had to try to dominate Laos and Cambodia, to the extent of even trying to Vietnamize the Cambodians. You know, its quite surprising Cambodians don't like Vietnamese, even though you supposedly "liberated" Cambodia from the Khmer Rouge, which says a lot. When I asked a local Cambodia in the USA what he thinks of Vietnamese, he says "they can go to hell." So stop the Vietnam victim garbage. You have taken a good portion of the South China Sea islands to the detriment of Malaysia and Taiwan, and even the Phillippines (which is now buying American weapons in the guise of fighting China, but really going to use it on Vietnam) Be content before you lose it all. China is your best ally.
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by: USA from: USA
June 05, 2014 10:27 PM
go look in your house, everything is made in china, include your pants
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by: USA from: USA
June 05, 2014 10:23 PM
vietnamese officers don't kill their own people, they eat their prisoner food, go back to your own officers and deal with them

by: Loc from: Vietcong in Vietnam
June 05, 2014 10:14 AM
If our Vietnam have power like China, we kill all like Hitler. Because we are warmonger and we got victory against France, Japan, USA and China 1979 in Caubang borde.
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by: Hoang from: Viet Nam
June 05, 2014 7:15 PM
No one actually use the word Viet Cong anymore
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by: Alight from: Viet Nam
June 05, 2014 1:15 PM
Well, this person is not Vietnamese

by: Ong Duc from: Vietnam
June 05, 2014 10:05 AM
Both countries have no Human Rights, let they kill each other, both were worshiping Marx, i love all warmonger like this.
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