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Vietnamese Fisherman Vows to Return to South China Sea

After his boat allegedly was rammed and sunk by Chinese vessels, an unidentified Vietnamese fisherman receives medical treatment on Vietnam’s Ly Son island, May 29, 2014.
After his boat allegedly was rammed and sunk by Chinese vessels, an unidentified Vietnamese fisherman receives medical treatment on Vietnam’s Ly Son island, May 29, 2014.
The captain of a Vietnamese fishing boat that sank Monday after allegedly being rammed by Chinese vessels vowed to resume fishing in the South China Sea.
 
Dang Van Nhan wants “to set examples for future generations” of fishermen, he told VOA’s Vietnamese Service shortly after being brought to shore.
 
The incident occurred near China’s controversial oil rig in disputed waters claimed by Hanoi and Beijing. 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.
 
Nhan said two fishermen sustained light injuries in the attack, but they have recovered.
 
China's state-run Xinhua news agency said the Vietnamese boat "capsized after harassing and colliding with a Chinese fishing boat."
 
Nhan disagreed with that account.
 
“China is very aggressive,” the captain said, adding that three boats “attacked us with the support of others. They are steel vessels. Our wooden boat is small. How could we ram into them? It is our territory, but Chinese boats came attacking us, trying to kill us.”
 
Nhan said he was not afraid of China and planned to return to sea as soon as possible.
 
“We hope the authorities would help us restore the vessel at the earliest so that we can go off-shore for fishing and for protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty and islands,” he said.  “We do that to set examples for future generations.”
 
Legal action expected
 
A spokesman for Vietnam's national legislature announced earlier this week that Hanoi was 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 the VOA Vietnamese Service.

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by: saigonista from: TEXAS
May 31, 2014 7:32 AM
If this was the reverse, where Vietnam was the one doing the encroachment, China would raise a hellstorm and inundate the internet portraying themselves as victim.
Now that China belly is full and pocket full of money, it is rearing its ugly head and the truth of its Sun Tzu's war without battle is unfolding. If this was Japan or Israel instead of Vietnam, China wouldn't dare touch. China & Vietnam are no longer good neighbors.

by: NJ from: Norcal
May 30, 2014 4:55 PM
what a loser, lost his boat and want to try again? why not try fishing in your own waters? or he wasn't even fishing at all, just trying to cause trouble to get on the news.....
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by: Andy from: CA
May 30, 2014 7:39 PM
Hey.... You must be Chinese evil. The man is fishing at his own water. Chinese is invade his county and try to murder him.

by: John from: Toronto
May 30, 2014 2:15 PM
Excuse me... A few small wooden fishing boats harassed and capsized many China best army vessels? Over 6 billion people on this earth are living in Chinese commies' zoo? China can brainwash some uncivilized Chinese but not the whole world for this stupid propaganda.

I feel sorry for these fishermen to be in ocean surrounded by a huge China pirate army. No one can protect them in our water because Vietnamese communists don't want to send some of a few military ships to the area. China has already been sending most their best warships in the area and waiting for Vietnamese government to make a wrong move and will start a war and blame on Vietnam as usual. China won't have that chance! War is the last option for Vietnamese. Are we afraid of China? NO, we are not. We have defeated China many times, France once and US once. China is playing outlaw but not Vietnam. Vietnam will play with China in international courts.

Best wishes to you Vietnamese fishermen. Take care of yourself because China is evil. Its army has even open fire killing hundreds of its own young Chinese without mercy at the Tiananmen Square; so you are nobody for them.

by: meanbill from: USA
May 30, 2014 1:58 PM
BRAVE but foolish? -- How will he and his crew support themselves after they rammed a Chinese steel fishing boat, and their wooden fishing boat sank in the South China sea? -- Now he has no fish, and no boat, and probably no income?

A much wiser man would have let his government "sit down and drink tea with the Chinese and negotiate, instead of fighting a war for (40) years or more" -- (something like Ho Chi Minh would have said?)
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by: Wow from: USA
May 30, 2014 6:13 PM
Whether Brave or Foolish, he is one of a kind.
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by: Viet from: USA
May 30, 2014 3:07 PM
you are an idiot. The Chinese was not standing around and let those poor fisher men attack them. Think harder idiot.

by: dan from: san jose
May 30, 2014 12:41 PM
The captain stood up to the chinese at the high sea and is willing to go back to stand up for his mother land....while the entire VN government continues standing on the side line!!

Well, 1 million missile vs. 1 billion oil rig ...which ones has bigger lost! China might be bigger and stronger but gutless...VN is smaller and weaker but more gut than china

by: mod from: China
May 30, 2014 7:07 AM
Vm ppl are not afraid of dying......cool...

by: Wow from: USA
May 30, 2014 2:53 AM
Wow, this guy has big balls. Shame on China government-sponsored pirates disregard of human life.

by: Vo Nguen Giap from: Texas, US
May 30, 2014 1:37 AM
China is a pathological liar.
China is the troublemaker
We will never give an inch of our motherland to China.
We will fight to our last breath to protect our country.
Our history proved we will defeat China
Boycott all China-made products.
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by: David from: California
May 30, 2014 8:42 PM
Expansionist vs. Expansionist - FAIR game, move on.

by: Nguyen Ai Quoc from: California, US
May 30, 2014 1:30 AM
We vow to bring China to its knee whatever the cost.
Mark our words.

by: khanh from: United States
May 30, 2014 1:09 AM
This is a typical vietnamese. He is not afraid of any chinese. Savaged chinese are trying to kill him and his men. The chinese will forever suffer under ruthless communism.
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