Vietnam vessels ram China ships over 1000 times

2014-06-09 08:02
A China Coast Guard ship using a water cannon on a Vietnamese ship in disputed waters in the South China Sea. (File, AFP)

A China Coast Guard ship using a water cannon on a Vietnamese ship in disputed waters in the South China Sea. (File, AFP)

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Beijing - China has accused Vietnam of ramming its ships more than 1 000 times in a disputed part of the South China Sea and said while it wants good relations with its southern neighbour, it would not abandon principles to achieve that.

China claims most of the South China Sea and has over the past couple of years been taking various steps to assert its claim, raising tension in particular with Vietnam and the Philippines.

A Vietnamese fishing boat sank on 26 May during a confrontation not far from where China has towed an oil rig, accompanied by a cordon of Chinese vessels, 240km off Vietnam.

The two sides have been trading accusations over the incident and last week, Vietnam state television broadcast video showed a large Chinese vessel steaming after two smaller Vietnamese fishing boats, then colliding with a Vietnamese fishing boat which then capsized.

The dispute is the most serious deterioration of relations between the Communist states and traditional rivals since a brief war in 1979 following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia.

‘Illegal disruption’

Shortly after China brought its oil rig into the area, Vietnam sent a large number of vessels, frogmen, and dropped numerous obstacles, including fishing nets, into the sea, China's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

"As of 17:00 on 7 June, there were as many as 63 Vietnamese vessels in the area at the peak, attempting to break through China's cordon and ramming the Chinese government ships for a total of 1 416 times," the ministry said in a statement.

"In the face of Vietnam's provocative actions on the sea, China exercised great restraint and took necessary preventive measures," the ministry said, adding that China sent ships to the area to ensure the safety of its operations.

China has communicated with Vietnam more than 30 times at various levels, asking it to "stop its illegal disruption", the ministry said.

"China wants good relations with Vietnam, but there are principles that China cannot abandon," it said. "The channel of communication between China and Vietnam is open."

Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have squared off around the rig despite a series of collisions after the platform was towed to the area in early May. Until the 26 May incident, no ship had sunk.

The Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig is drilling between the Paracel islands occupied by China and the Vietnamese coast. Vietnam has said the rig is in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and on its continental shelf. China says it is operating within its waters.

The rig's deployment also set off anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month in which at least four people were killed.

China claims about 90% of the South China Sea, displaying its reach on official maps with a so-called nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims to parts of the potentially energy-rich waters.
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