Chinese vessel sinks Vietnam fishing boat in disputed South China Sea

HANOI: 10 fishermen were rescued on Monday after a Chinese boat reportedly attacked and sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in disputed waters.

Bloomberg News said on Tuesday the incident took place off a Chinese oil rig located near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, citing Vietnam News.

“A Vietnamese boat from the central city of Da Nang was deliberately encircled by 40 fishing vessels from China before it was attacked by a Chinese ship,” Vietnamese coastguard commander Nguyen Quang Dam told Reuters.

Other Vietnamese fishing vessels nearby rescued the 10 fishermen on board following the incident.

China’s placement of the oil rig sparked deadly protests in Vietnam earlier in May. Beijing evacuated thousands of nationals following the violence.

Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.

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