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Vietnam airs video of Chinese ship sinking fishing boat in South China Sea

Footage shows large Chinese vessel ramming wooden boat near oil rig in disputed waters

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 June, 2014, 4:15pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 June, 2014, 9:10pm

Watch: Video showing Chinese ship sinking Vietnamese fishing boat

Vietnam has released dramatic footage showing a large Chinese ship chasing and ramming one of its fishing boats that then sank near an oil rig in contested waters in the South China Sea.

The communist neighbours have traded accusations over the May 26 sinking incident, with Hanoi decrying an “inhuman act” by China, which blamed intrusion by the Vietnamese vessel.

The footage, shot from a nearby Vietnamese vessel, show a much larger Chinese ship racing after a small wooden Vietnamese fishing boat, ramming into it and causing it to tip over and sink.

Vietnamese officials have said the 10 fishermen on board were rescued by nearby vessels after the incident, which occurred about 12 nautical miles southwest of the oil rig.

Vietnam said on Thursday that Chinese vessels guarding the oil rig had injured 12 people – including the 10 on the sunken boat – and damaged 24 Vietnamese law enforcement vessels since the stand-off began in early May.

An additional 12 fishing vessels have been damaged, according to Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department deputy head Ha Le. “They were prevented from fishing, threatened by Chinese vessels, had their equipment destroyed and the crews were brutally treated,” he said.

Relations between Vietnam and China have plummeted over the oil rig’s presence, which has worsened an increasingly heated dispute over territorial claims in the area. The oil rig is positioned in the vicinity of the contested Paracel Islands, which are known as Hoang Sa in Vietnam and called Xisha in Beijing.

“Every day, China has between 30 and 137 boats around the oil rig, including six warships,” Vietnam Coast Guard deputy commander Ngo Ngoc Thu said. “Vietnamese ships are being restrained ... and trying to avoid China’s ramming.”

He added that Vietnam had not been using water cannon against Chinese boats.

Tensions over the oil rig sparked violent anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month. Beijing says four Chinese citizens died in the unrest, while Vietnam says three Chinese died.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said China’s placement of the rig in the contested area “seriously threatened peace”.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea and has become increasingly assertive in staking those claims. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have competing claims to parts of the sea.

 

 

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req
Maps don't signify ownership. They change and evolve. Vietnam has no clear historical claim, only a history of being owned by others. See the bigger picture and quit using empty useless arguments.
stevenle_
I think China should come clean. If it's claims of Paracel's & Spratly's are based on historical claims, than it should provide maps before the so called nine dash line released in 1953. There are no maps recorded during the Qing Dynasty that shows both these island chains as their own.
Maps and documents provided by both Western and Vietnamese historians clearly shows both these island chains to be of Vietnam's possession. It should be noted that throughout the 1800's, Europeans were the leading navigators and mappers of the seas. They have mapped these islands to be of Vietnamese possession.
If China argues that it has these islands is their legal sovereignty, than it should provide treaties or documents that support other nations recognition of this.
If It uses the late Phan Van Dong's letter to China, than this letter does not s state in anyway that Vietnam has rescinded sovereignty of these island chains to China, it merely states the respect of 12nM territorial integrity. This was in response to in case the US intervenes for Taiwan if China attacks it. Furthermore, if it is interpreted as recognizing these island's as China's sovereignty than there is no validity to it as these islands did not belong to North Vietnam at the time, it belonged to the US backed South Vietnam. As they say, you cannot give something that you don't yet have.
It has been noted by many nations that Vietnam has a clear legal a historical claim.
The same can't be said about China.
req
Europeans? mapped to Vietnamese possession? More like invaded and taken by the French for plantations. Viets only have claims to whatever tree they might be swinging on.
stevenle_
That is correct, the French did invade Vietnam and use it as plantations. They also assumed control of both Paracel's and Spratly islands after conquering Vietnam as they was part of Vietnam's territory. There are numerous documents and treaties which confirm this. Please provide some historical facts or legal evidence that proves China's claims. There is none.
Instead of name calling, provide some constructive rebuttals. The only comments I've seen from people that support the Chinese claims is name calling and utter nonsense that their government has told them. Read some books, do some history and legal research and then you'll come to see the bigger picture.
A Matsui
Vietnamese bullying this time is resulting in the Vietnamese being spanked.
johnfra
You must be blind !
falang78
The pathetic aggression by the PRC is newsworthy for sure - but in the long run, the PRC is desperately without the natural resources necessary to achieve and maintain the hegemonic dominance they so desperately aspire to. This is the equivalent of two grasshoppers quarreling over a blade of grass. PRC - next super dominant world power some say? Balderdash. They have neither the resources nor a system of government capable of threatening the current world order. China is merely a minnow swimming in an ocean.
likingming
越南能提出甚麼證據?主要有幾樣。越南的學術界中人認為在17世紀越南已有人到過西沙、南沙,並且在1838年的《大南一統全圖》中有這些島嶼的記錄。在上世紀三十年代,越南的殖民者法國也曾宣稱擁有它們的主權,在1951年二次大戰結束後的《舊金山和約》中,法國又再宣稱其主權,與會國家,大多數並無異議云云。

  這些「理據」與中國的相比,真的是薄弱之極。若論誰先發現南海諸島,中國的考古略早已發現遠至夏朝,中土已有來自南海的玳瑁。中國古籍《逸周書》、《左傳》及《詩經》等有不少記載都顯示中國與南海有聯繫。王恒杰的考古工作中,也發現了大量來自南海的新石器時代及春秋戰國的陶器殘片,印證古籍中的記載並無虛言,中國先民在那裏生活過,歷史古遠。東漢光武帝時伏波將軍馬援曾派兵在南海出巡,宋代以後,中國人經營南海諸島的記載多得不可勝數,例如北宋的《武經總要》便記載了派水師在該處巡邏,甚至有重新界屯門到西沙的航線。1770年廣東人羅方伯在南沙的太平島上建了大伯公廟紀念他在南沙的開發活動。

  三十年代法國宣稱主權時,已遭到當時國民政府的抗議。《舊金山和約》並無中國代表參與,周恩來總理當時並已發表聲明,指出西沙、南沙為中國領土,不容置疑。越南在這些方面提出的說法,根本無效。

  但對越南宣稱的主權最大的打擊我相信有二。第一是台灣政府在1946至1950及1956年至今,一直都有派軍駐在太平島,並建有跑道,這是超過半世紀的有效管治,根據國際法,其他國家就算有其他理據,也難以挑戰內地或台灣一個中國對這些島嶼的主權,半個世紀是一個關鍵。第二是越南政府曾多次承認中國對南海諸島的主權。1956年6月15日越南外交部副部長雍文謙聲明:「根據越南方面的材料,從歷史上看,西沙群島和南沙群島應當屬於中國領土」。1958年9月4日,中國政府發表關於領海寬度為12海里的聲明,並指出這適用於西沙、南沙,越南總理范文同隨即聲明,承認和贊同中國的說法。現在越南卻說,范文同只代表北越,未代表南越,所以這聲明無效!國際法禁止「反言」的行為,越南此種辯解,不是無賴是甚麼?

req
Ships that are not ocean worthy are hazardous to everyone else. If they won't scuttle their ship someone ought to do it for them. Probably another made in japan....
sundayex
What now? What would happen to the Beijing version of the event?

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