Chinese Ship Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Vessel

Graphic: Chinese Ship Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Vessel

Chinese Ship Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Vessel: Another Vietnamese Fishing vessel is sunk by a Chinese ship in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. According to the Vietnamese ship’s Captain, Dang Dung, they were rammed by a Chinese ship in the middle of the night on September 29, 2015. The Chinese ship carried knife-wielding men who stole everything of value in sight, including heavy equipment, and then left the ship to sink. The aggressors also took the ship’s 2-ton catch of the day. Ten men were rescued by another Vietnamese fishing vessel. The amount of time they were left adrift on the lifeboat is undisclosed.

According to president of central Quang Ngai province’s Fisheries Association Phan Yuong Hoang, 20 similar incidents have occurred this year. He adds that, “Chinese actions against fishermen from Quang Ngai province have been more aggressive and brutal.”

“Chinese actions against fishermen from Quang Ngai province have been more aggressive and brutal.”

Spokesman for the Vietnam Fisheries Association Nguyen Ngoc Duc has stated that, “The Chinese action is inhumane, violating Vietnam’s territory and international laws.”

“The Chinese action is inhumane, violating Vietnam’s territory and international laws.”

Although Captain Dung is certain that the ship and its passengers are Chinese, he fails to determine if the aggressor’s ship is civilian or government-owned.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying is quick to assert that, “Chinese authorities have the right[s] to take law enforcement measures in accordance with the law on boats that have illegally entered the South China Sea.”

“Chinese authorities have the right[s] to take law enforcement measures in accordance with the law on boats that have illegally entered the South China Sea.” — Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying

In a recent South China Sea News Today editorial, “Is Hua Chunying a Liar?”: She states that the “constructions carried out on relevant islands and reefs is mainly to satisfy civilian needs, provide more public goods and services to the region, and better fulfill China’s international obligations.5” In the editorial, these claims are scrutinized.

Sources/related materials:

  1. October 2015: Report: Chinese ship sinks another Vietnamese fishing vessel in South China Sea – http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/10/16/chinese-ship-sinks-another-vietnamese-fishing-vessel-in-south-china-sea/
  2. October 2015: China sinks fishing boat, Vietnam says – http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/China-sinks-fishing-boat-Vietnam-says-30270963.html
  3. May 2014: Vietnam accuses China as boat sinks – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/27/vietnam-accuses-china-of-sinking-boat
  4. July 2015: Chinese ships sink Vietnam’s fishing boat off Hoang Sa (Paracels) – http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/29161/chinese-ships-sink-vietnams-fishing-boat-off-hoang-sa-paracels

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