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Vietnam releases video of Chinese ship ramming boat in disputed area

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam released video footage Thursday showing a Chinese vessel steaming into the back of a Vietnamese fishing boat and tipping it over into waters close to where Beijing deployed a massive oil rig last month.

The video appears to confirm Vietnam's version of the clash in the South China Sea on May 26.

It was the most serious incident between ships from the two countries since the positioning of the rig on May 1 triggered fury in Hanoi and underlined Beijing's determination to assert its sovereignty claims in the oil- and gas-rich waters.

China last week said the Vietnamese fishing vessel sank after it rammed into a Chinese ship.

The footage, shot from another Vietnamese fishing vessel, shows the Chinese boat chasing two much smaller Vietnamese ones. It then hits the back of one of them, tipping it over.

“Look, it rammed and sank it” someone off camera shouts.

Other footage released Thursday then showed the hull of the sunken boat in the water. Vietnam previously said 10 fishermen had to be rescued from the seas, and the Chinese boat made no attempt to help.

June 6, 2014    Adam482@
As a Chinese American, I am ashamed at China's actions. How can one be a big trusted big brother when one bullies his way around. Up until now as a Chinese American (third generation), I've always have an open mind about all this. But repeated denial from China for actions taken has made me sick in my stomach. I've heard from China that the Vietnamese boats have engaged the oil rig, rammed Chinese ships. This video has clear showed otherwise, a much bigger steel Chinese boat rammed and sunk the Vietnamese wooden boat. You're caught red-handed China. I am beyond mad at this behavior.
June 7, 2014    BOHAUSA@
This so-called "big brother" has only his interests in mind and has not ever deterred from its bullying practices in all of history. If there even could be a free China mainland it only has to look at what Taiwan has become: Free and Democratic.
June 7, 2014    nono@
Never ashamed to be who you are. You can't change your race but be proud.
You ashamed only you pretend some one you are not.
June 18, 2014    alkalib007@
a child act of china behaving like a big brother to there little brother... show of power, disrespect to the code of conduct... showing that china has the capacity to let this little brother bow down there head showing respect to this disrespectful big brother..

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