Chinese Boat Attacks, Sinks Vietnam Fishing Vessel, Vietnam Says

by The Daily Lede


Chinese Boat Attacks, Sinks Vietnam Fishing Vessel, Vietnam Says

A Chinese vessel attacked and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said.

“It sank,” ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said of the Vietnamese vessel. “It was rammed by a Chinese boat.”

The 10 fishermen on board were rescued by other Vietnamese boats after the sinking yesterday around 17 nautical miles (19.5 miles) from a Chinese oil rig located near the contested Paracel Islands, Vietnam News reported.

Vietnamese ship DNa 90152 operating out of Danang was encircled by 40 Chinese fishing vessels in what Vietnam regards as its exclusive economic zone, the newspaper said.

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