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Vietnam speaks of Chinese ramming
Today, Vietnam said that a Chinese vessel, with air support, deliberately rammed to of its ships on Sunday causing considerably damage and injuring six people.
“On May 4, Chinese ships intentionally rammed two Vietnamese Sea Guard vessels,” said Tran Duy Hai, a Foreign Ministry official and deputy head of Vietnam’s national border committee.
“Chinese ships, with air support, sought to intimidate Vietnamese vessels. Water cannon was used,” he said in an interview today. Six other ships were believed to be hit as well but damage was minor.
“No shots have been fired yet,” said a Vietnamese navy official, who could not be identified because he was not authorized to speak to media. “Vietnam won’t fire unless China fires first.”
While that is certain to not frighten China one bit and only cement what they know, it is surprising to hear criticism of China from Vietnam given the $50 billion plus in bilateral trade the communist countries enjoy.
While Vietnam was calling on China’s state-run oil company CNOOC to remove the rig, the United States was criticizing the move as well.
What came next was quite funny especially when Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told Vietnam that the rig had nothing to do with Vietnam. While one can expect a statement like that regarding the United States getting involved in the war of words (for now), it’s a bit of a head scratching moment when you park an oil rig in a country’s waters and effectively say, “Don’t worry about it. Not your business”
“The United States has no right to complain about China’s activities within the scope of its own sovereignty,” she added.
originally posted by: brazenalderpadrescorpio
a reply to: Xcathdra
I think that it's likely that the US would back the Phillipines against China if anything were to go down. This seems to be happening at a strange time.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: HanzHenry
China has been alienating their neighbors form some time now and its only increased since. The problem is china went from trying to become a superpower to that of highway robber.
originally posted by: maddy21
China has an uncanny ability to make sure each and every neighbor hate them . There is a lot of unrest within China against govt. as well so the Chinese might be looking for a war to unify the populace .
Strains between China and its neighbors burst to the surface in two parts of the South China Sea, taking the high-stakes struggle for control over the waters to new levels of friction.
Off Vietnam, dozens of Chinese military and civilian ships clashed with the Vietnamese coast guard, with Vietnamese officials complaining its vessels were repeatedly rammed. On the same day, Philippine police apprehended Chinese fishing vessels loaded with hundreds of sea turtles in disputed waters.
About 80 Chinese vessels moved into an area near the disputed Paracel Islands, where Hanoi has sought to prevent China from deploying a massive oil rig, said Rear Adm. Ngo Ngoc Thu, vice commander of the Vietnamese coast guard. He said the flotilla included seven military ships and that it was supported by aircraft.
He said the situation, which started brewing over the weekend, was “very tense” and said six Vietnamese officers had been injured in the standoff.