China and Vietnam Point Fingers After Clash in South China Sea

BEIJING — Tensions in the South China Sea escalated sharply on Tuesday as China and Vietnam traded accusations over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of a Chinese oil rig parked in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast. The sinking further aggravated the worsening diplomatic and economic frictions between China and Vietnam, whose relations have plummeted to the worst point in decades … Continue reading China and Vietnam Point Fingers After Clash in South China Sea

Vietnam summons Chinese diplomat to protest East Sea attacks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi on Tuesday to protest recent attacks on Vietnamese fishermen operating in Vietnam’s territorial waters. Early this month, China illegally dispatched the rig, as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft, into Vietnamese waters. The ministry said that, since the beginning of May, a number of Vietnamese fishing … Continue reading Vietnam summons Chinese diplomat to protest East Sea attacks

Vietnam boat sinks after collision with Chinese vessel

A Vietnamese fishing boat has sunk after it collided with a Chinese vessel near a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two nations. Both countries are blaming the other for the incident. Vietnam’s coast guard said the boat was encircled by 40 Chinese vessels before it was rammed, reports said. But Chinese state media outlet Xinhua said Vietnam’s boat … Continue reading Vietnam boat sinks after collision with Chinese vessel

Vietnam PM says considering legal action against China over disputed waters

(Reuters) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various “defense options” against China, including legal action, following the deployment of a Chinese oil rig to waters in the South China Sea that Hanoi also claims. Dung’s comments, given in a written response to questions from Reuters, were the first time he has suggested Vietnam would take legal measures, and drew … Continue reading Vietnam PM says considering legal action against China over disputed waters

Vietnam Looks Poised to Join Legal Action Against China

MANILA–Vietnam looks poised to join legal action by the Philippines against China, risking deepening the rift between Hanoi and Beijing sparked by the deployment of a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters. Frustrated by a lack of options in the face of China’s vastly superior military power and material resources, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the World Economic Forum in Manila on Thursday … Continue reading Vietnam Looks Poised to Join Legal Action Against China