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TV airs Vietnam boat sinking video

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 00:48

June 5 - Vietnamese television shows footage of a fishing boat sinking after it was reportedly hit by a Chinese vessel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Vietnam Television (VTV) recently broadcast footage of a Vietnamese fishing boat sinking, after it was hit by what was reportedly a Chinese vessel. The video showed a larger vessel following a smaller fishing boat before hitting it, causing it to sink. VTV said the video was filmed on May 26 near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coast guard vessels, have continued to square off in recent weeks after a Chinese state owned company towed an oil rig into a stretch of water near the jointly-claimed Paracel Islands, provoking anger and violent protests in Vietnam. Last week Hanoi said a Chinese boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel not far from the oil rig. China's official Xinhua news agency reported the vessel capsized after "harassing and colliding with" a Chinese fishing boat. Tensions have been running high and Vietnam repeatedly accused China of using force against their vessels in the water near the Paracel Islands, where China placed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. Vietnamese media reported incidence of Chinese ships ramming and using water cannon on Vietnamese coast guard ships and fishing boats almost everyday. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei in one of Asia's most intractable disputes and a possible flashpoint. It also has a separate maritime dispute with Japan over islands in the East Sea.

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TV airs Vietnam boat sinking video

Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 00:48