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Vietnam Says China Attacked 4 Ships in Disputed Waters

FILE - Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
FILE - Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
Vietnam says China has attacked four of its ships near a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea, injuring three law enforcement officers.

The head of Vietnam's Fisheries Surveillance Department, Nguyen Ngoc Oai, told VOA's Vietnamese service that one of his surveillance vessels and three Vietnamese fishing boats were surrounded Wednesday by eight to 10 Chinese ships before being rammed and hit by water cannon fire.

"Those Chinese “fishing boats” are not fishing boats," he said. "They are designed for other purposes. "Those boats now are the main tool that the Chinese are using in their attempts to attack and to harass Vietnamese boats."

China has not yet responded to the Vietnamese allegations.

The two sides traded accusations after the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat Tuesday. Hanoi said the wooden vessel went down after being rammed by a Chinese fishing boat. Beijing said the boat "capsized after harassing and colliding with a Chinese fishing boat."

Oai says Vietnam has proof that China is at fault.

"Of course we have all the evidence. We have all the evidence of the acts of harassing and hitting that the Chinese have done. The Chinese have no evidence to support their claim," he said. "Furthermore, when you look at things at the scene, you will see that Chinese fishing boats are three or four times bigger than Vietnamese ones. There is no way that Vietnamese boats hit Chinese boats."

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.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Vietnam's national legislature announced Monday that Hanoi is taking its final steps toward filing an international lawsuit against China for towing the 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.

Earlier this year, Manila challenged the legality of China's maritime claims to 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 VOA's Vietnamese Service.

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by: VietDragon
May 30, 2014 10:46 AM
china always been a bully. Until someone has to stopped.
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by: Paul from: US
June 02, 2014 2:58 PM
All these tensions are due to population explosion.

Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, China should reduce their population and fertility so they can share resources without going to war.
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by: Martha Nguyen-Le from: USA
May 30, 2014 12:41 PM
Viet Cong is caused of china invasion of Vietnam. As far as viet cong still controls vietnam of cause Vietnamese people never stop crying in pain and human and in the world will not have peace the cause of china is the people always design the way s to make the war.

by: Sam Walton
May 30, 2014 9:39 AM
Red Chinese get ready for the June 4th Memorial Tienanmen Square massacre
Red Chinese were run the tanks over their own children what they would do to other human being?

by: nat from: saigon
May 30, 2014 1:20 AM
You stupid ass communist VN call chinse is your allied. Now it come back and bite your butt. You should start attack it

by: bro from: US
May 29, 2014 9:53 PM
If China will engage in war with other Asean countries. They will be the biggest looser ever....

by: Faye Faye
May 29, 2014 9:51 PM
Good job, China !

When it comes to defending the integrity of China's territory, China should understand that the soft power strategy does not work.

Moreover, for maintaining a real peace in Asia, China should speed up the invention of some powerful weapons that take less than 5 minutes to reach and destroy any cities within 15,000 miles away from China.
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by: Ken from: USA-Westminster
May 30, 2014 10:31 AM
China really did a great job showing their little brother to shut up and sit down. I think the best way is take full control of Vietnam so the people of Vietnam know exactly who their leader. I feel sorry for this country because their present leader is stealing $ from the people and live a lavish lifestyle. Their official leader been laundering billion of dollar to many different countries and at the same time pretending they're defending the their country. It's all a game"

by: Mehtasaab from: Washington, DC
May 29, 2014 9:08 PM
USA will lose title as a super power if USA will not prepare India/Japan and other south Asia country against expanding Asian dangerous dragon. China is trying to take super power position from Russia.
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by: chris from: florida
May 30, 2014 9:41 AM
you are exactly right. and the usa is laxed in its response, the only thing they can think of is to start a conflict with sojmeone to jamb it down chinas throat, yet, they may start one with china, an d lose. yeah, lose. the usa cannot count. subs is the main reason i say this. most subs can take out jets and so forth. china dosnt publish tru numbers of subs, and they could have made thousands. just parts, ship to one of thousands of islands, andassmeble, then wammo, you have a much more vast navy. yet, jets can drop sonar bouys and torpedos,so i guess he usa doesnt care. but they arem ssing the kwang principle. ohe well. arrogance and threats on innocents usually wins they say. i say they lost the war already, but they cannot be wrong, must be in yur face about everyhthing, with arrogant hot breath, threats to go somehwere they cannot. losers. cant wait for them not to come back.

by: joe from: USA
May 29, 2014 12:13 PM
The Chinese, like the Russians, are nothing but thieves. They steal technology from others and then duplicate it. They can't do anything on their own. They are not diplomatic at all and could care less about the rest of the world as long as they get their way. The rivers in the China are nothing but garbage dumps. The factories create more pollution and deliver products that do nothing but malfunction, break or wear out. Yet we Americans keep buying made in China.
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by: hai lua long an from: viet nam
June 11, 2014 9:30 AM
China is the troublemaker destabilizing the peaceful South East Sea
Down with China's expansionism.
Boycott all China made products
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by: Chris from: Australia
June 09, 2014 6:43 AM
um, you know that most factories in China which creates pollution are from other countries.
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by: James Hetfield from: Korea
May 30, 2014 1:44 AM
Nobody has a monopoly of ideas. Most of the technology the US enjoys now are also borrowed technology. Example: rocket technology are from the germans.

by: Loc from: Saigon, Vietnam
May 29, 2014 12:11 PM
N. Vietnam is shit, warmonger, love kill people, eat your dog forever.
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by: earthling01 from: USA
May 29, 2014 2:33 PM
I have no idea what your post means...

by: delmonte from: USA
May 29, 2014 3:40 AM
Vietnam ruled by VC has little or no credibility. The oil rig is well inside China's territorial water , 150 miles off Vietname coast but only 17 miles south of its big islands of tourism with hundreds of chinese living there for centuries and China defeated South Vietnam navy which tried to conquer it when China's navy was only 1/3 of SV's US destroyers. US never wanted to side with SV on this dispute and did agree with China upon china's request not to intervene. VC and S V both recognized this as China's ancient territory for many decades until recently when VC decided to change its former position.
But in international diplomacy, the diplomacy is continuity must be maintained. It cannot be simply changed.
Sending many ships disgusted as fishermen to ram China's ships is simply not a decent right-minded nation would do. A riot has already cost Vietnam $2 billion which it promised to compensate to the investors.
China takes no chance for the VC to come here its oil rig.
These VC boats are already lucky that China did not arrest and jail them.So kind sometimes is taken advantage of by a punk like Vietnam.
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by: Terry from: Toronto
May 30, 2014 3:37 PM

I am with you Delmonte. US of A loves to stir trouble in others, mainly its main challengers, backyard. Xisha is in China's hand and is inhabited by Chinese fishermen and military garrison. It has its own fresh water therefore qualifies to have its own EEZ. VC twisted facts, cheered on by US of A, probably as a sub-plot of its Asia Pivot strategy. Very ill-conceived that will bring destruction to the Pacific region. US of A does not care as long as it fits its "national interest". Viets and Pinos are fools used by the devil to achieve its own objectives.
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by: Sean Costello from: U.S.
May 30, 2014 3:06 AM
Sorry delmonte but lies do not make right, and hiding your homeland (China) does not fool us. International law is very clear about the limits of a nation's EEZ. The oil rig is well within Vietnam's EEZ. Plain and simple. China doesn't care about right or wrong, it just takes what it wants. A nation already so much larger then its neighbors should be ashamed at these aggressive actions.. If anything, China's leadership is proud of its new "assertive stance". When you alienate all your ASEAN neighbors unto the point of war, you won't be so smug about your "new, high tech military".
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by: Tochamay from: CA
May 30, 2014 3:02 AM
@delmonte, where do get the facts from? It is look like you want to kiss ass the China. No military forces should be used to solve the problem, but China uses its military to take the islands from Vietnam. China afraids to appear in international court to clarify the disputed islands between Phillipine and China. Vietnam also filed legal action against China on disputed islands.
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by: Peter from: USA
May 29, 2014 1:44 PM
Keith, by UNCLOS, islands can be used to extend EEZ under certain conditions. It must be habitable with its own fresh water and can grow food.
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by: Keith from: chicago
May 29, 2014 12:28 PM
You have your facts wrong...the rig is not in its territorial waters. Under UNICLOS law, which China is a signatory, islands cannot be used to establish EEZ. Also, the rig is 130 miles off the mainland of VN, well within the 200 mile EEZ recognized under the UNICLOS
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by: Tim from: US
May 29, 2014 12:13 PM
I think U r not really smart delmonte . If U want to measure something or compare something U should use the same measure unit . Because U said : about the distance from VN coast to dispute water from the China's island to the dispute water
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by: remie from: canada
May 29, 2014 6:42 AM
@delmonte, ,holy sh*t, you sound like you live in Chinatown in the USA and never left or your an agent to the PLA lying. Any ways ,UNCLOS law state EEZ has to be 200 from mainland NOT some little uninhabited island. So China is 300 miles away and Vietnam is 170 miles . Can you do math? STOP trying to rewrite history. China loves to reverse everything. Like VC attack Chinese Navy. Haha, those islands were occupied by South Vietnam when Chinese stronger navy attacked South Vietnam.

PLA navy has the reputation of trying to ram other countries vessel. They also try to ram USA vessel recently. Why would a wooden boat try to ram a steel vessel? What would be the outcome? Surely a brainless china-man like you can figure that out. I do not know how you twisted the report, when it clearly reported that China has more vessel and disguise as fishing boat instead of Vietnam. THAT IS CHINESE PROPAGANDA AT ITS BEST
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by: Cuong from: Vietnam
May 29, 2014 5:47 AM
@delmonte: Before saying this, you have to study history and Vietnam sovereignty over its islands carefully. Both Spratly and Paracel islands belong to Vietnam and were recognized internationally. Before 1951 the islands were under Vietnam control, but in that year, China sent its navy to invade half of Paracel islands. China used its force to invade the rest of island in 1974 from S.Vietnam. Do you know why its ally, the U.S didn't help S.Vietnam to fight? Because American know S.Vietnam will be collapsed soon, and they cannot see any interests from S.Vietnam.

In 1988, China again invade other islands by using its military power. For a giant China, do you think Vietnam can win? We just want you to play fair and if you're not a Chinese, you can see Chinese is a potential risk for the world with its fascist.
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by: citynosleep from: NY
May 29, 2014 4:22 AM
I am so agree with you 500% Delmonte

by: Young thing from: nowhere
May 29, 2014 3:25 AM
China’s oil rig places in the continental shelf and EEZ of Vietnam, using over one hundred military vessels disguised as fishing boats and coast guard vessels to show off its strength and intimidate Vietnam maritime police force … beat Vietnamese fishermen and robbed their fish... It’s clear to realize the annexed and monopolized the South China sea ambition of China . Today is the Vietnam’s sea ,.. tomorrow , the next victim would be Philippine , the day after tomorrow would be Indonesia , Brunei , Malaysia ... And soon ..would be Japan , South Korea , India ... On the other hand, China wants the world accept this violation as a territorial dispute , a dispute created by Beijing, claimed by its muscle . And this so-called “dispute” is being pointed out as private problem between it and Vietnam . China step by step changes zero to one and one to two, three….If Vietnam and the world let this undisputed become a dispute, it means we let the international law bent . The ignoring of the countries concerned and the international community ... will invisibly and generally admit a China’s new law, a law of the stronger , a law of the new fascism !
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