JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam demands compensation after Chinese vessel fired water cannon at fishing boat

Friday, March 22, 2019, 15:59 GMT+7
Vietnam demands compensation after Chinese vessel fired water cannon at fishing boat
Fishing boats dock at a port in the south-central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has presented a diplomatic note to China to express its objection and demand for compensation after a Vietnamese fishing boat was run after by a Chinese coast guard vessel and eventually sank near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago earlier this month.

The Consular Department under Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday it had met with representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to present a diplomatic note on Wednesday.

The document showed Vietnam’s protest against the action, which violated Vietnamese sovereignty over Hoang Sa, threatened the lives of the Vietnamese fishermen, and damaged their property and legitimate interests.

In the note, the department requested the Chinese Embassy to inform China’s foreign ministry and relevant agencies about the incident in order to strictly deal with the crew members of the vessel, and to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

The Southeast Asian country also demanded China make proper compensation for the damage done to the Vietnamese fishers.

At around 10:00 am on March 7, the fishing boat from the central province of Quang Ngai, carrying five crew members, was anchoring in the vicinity of Da Loi Reef in Hoang Sa when it was approached by the coast guard vessel from China.

The Chinese ship started firing its water cannon at the boat and then chased it away.

During the pursuit, the fishing boat crashed into a reef and sank in an area about 0.5 nautical miles northwest of Da Loi Reef.

No one was injured in the incident and the fishermen managed to cling onto the prow until they were rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat at 1:00 pm the same day.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news