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Vietnam: Chinese boats cut seismic cables


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HANOI, Vietnam—Vietnam’s state-owned oil and gas company accused Chinese fishing boats on Monday of sabotaging one of its seismic survey ships in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), adding to already high tensions over Beijing’s disputed territorial claims in the waters.

PetroVietnam said two Chinese fishing boats cut across cables being laid by the survey vessel Binh Minh 2 off the coast of central Vietnam on Friday.

“PetroVietnam vehemently protests the Chinese fishing boats’ action against the Binh Minh 2,” Pham Viet Dung, the deputy head of exploration at the company, said in a statement on the company’s website. “We ask that China educate its citizens to respect Vietnamese waters.”

Chinese and Vietnamese Foreign Ministry officials had no immediate comment.

China claims most of the West Philippine Sea, bringing it into conflict with its smaller neighbors. Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan also claim part of the waters, which are believed to be rich in gas and oil reserves as well as fish stocks. China, which is strengthening its navy, has been increasingly assertive in pressing its claims as its economy has grown in recent years.

It is the second time that Chinese fishing vessels have reportedly damaged the Vietnamese survey ship’s cables. An incident in June last year off Vietnam’s central coast triggered rare street protests in Hanoi.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the reported incident took place in contested waters. PetroVietnam said it occurred 43 miles (69 kilometers) from the small island of Con Co.

China recently issued new passports featuring a map showing its territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, angering Vietnam and the Philippines, which have refused to stamp the passports.

Vietnam has also protested a recent announcement by the China National Offshore Oil Corp. opening nine oil and gas lots for international bidders in areas overlapping with existing Vietnamese exploration blocks. Vietnam says the lots lie entirely within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.


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Tags: China , South China Sea , territorial dispute , Vietnam , West Philippine Sea

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    CHAIRMAN MAO KILLED 70 MILLION CHINESE. HIS GOOD FRIEND POL POT SLAUTHERED 1.7 MILLION CAMBODIAN. COMRAD STALIN MURDERED 20 MILLION RUSSIAN. KIM IL SUNG KILLED 1.6 MILLION KOREANS AND JOMA SISON PURGED 3,000 AND COUNTING OF HIS OWN COMRADES ON THE SUSPISION THAT THEY ARE DPA.

    • DakuAkongUtin

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  • truth_will_set_us_free

    ASIDE FROM POL POT, CHINA SHOULD ALSO BE BLAMED FOR THE EXTERMINATION OF THE CAMBODIANS. CHINA DID NOTHING TO STOP THE MURDER OF THE CAMBODIAN BY THE KHEMER ROUGE. POL POT ALMOST ERASED THE CAMBODIAN PEOPLE & CIVILIZATION FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH WITH THE HELP OF PROC.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Falsehood_is_my_name_and_surname  dapat ang tawag sa iyo. Besides kayumangmangs carried out orders of Kachilas to massacre Moros in Mindanao by the hundred s of thousands in order to clear the path for ROman Catholic to take root. Loss in the annals of Phil History to cover their crimes. Yes, your Indo Malayo race were participants of mass genocide , you were never angels as you would like to believe. Dios Ko Santisima….

      • truth_will_set_us_free

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      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

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      • sakinlang

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  • truth_will_set_us_free

    ITS TIME FOR THE VIETNAMESE TO TEACH RED CHINA A LESSON, JUST LIKE WHAT SHE DID IN THE BORDER WAR IN THE LATE 70S IN WHICH CHINA WAS HUMILIATED.

  • joboni96

    time for asean naval task force
    philippines vietnam brunei indonesia malaysia

    to patrol the asean sea

  • adriel0104

    chinese are idiots!



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