Vietnam boat capsized after harassing Chinese ship: Xinhua

BEIJING Tue May 27, 2014 12:07am EDT

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A Vietnamese fishing vessel capsized in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Monday after "harassing and colliding" with a Chinese fishing boat, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday.

"Crew aboard the boat were saved after their ship jostled a fishing boat from Dongfang City in southern China's Hainan province and overturned in the waters near China's Xisha Islands," Xinhua said, citing a government source.

China's government has launched solemn representations with Vietnam over the incident, Xinhua said.

A Vietnamese coastguard officer said earlier on Tuesday that a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel not far from where China has stationed a massive oil rig in the disputed waters.

(Reporting by Michael Martina and Hui Li)

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