Posts Tagged ‘Vietnamese fishing boat’

Vietnamese boat rescues 3 Chinese fishermen

March 16, 2016

Photo: Part of Halong Bay, Vietnam

By Phan Hau, Thanh Nien News

HANOI – Wednesday, March 16, 2016 12:40
A Vietnamese fishing boat has rescued three crew members of a Chinese fishing boat which sank off the Gulf of Tonkin, the Chinese Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Center said Tuesday.

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Qiong Danzhou 11118 with five men on board reportedly sank near Bach Long Vi Island in the gulf Monday.

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The Vietnamese boat managed to rescue three of the crew, according to Chinese authorities. China dispatched two rescue vessels to the site.

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On Tuesday afternoon one of the rescue vessels recovered the body of one of the missing crewmen.

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Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue said the search for the remaining man is continuing.

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Bạch Long Vĩ island

Bach Long Vi island is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, about halfway between Hai Phong (Vietnam) and Hainan Island (China). The island is an offshore district of Haiphong City. Fishing comprises the majority of economic activity in the Gulf of Tonkin.

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Bach Long Vi is an island which is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Hai Phong city. Island’s length is about 3km; 1.5 km in wide and it covers an area from 2.5 km² supernatant to 4 km² depends on the tide. The island is like a turtle shell with 60m high. Island has an important role in the expansion of ocean and the demarcation of the Tonkin Gulf. In addition, the island also lies on one of the 8 major fishing grounds of the Tonkin Gulf that has an important key in the economic strategic development and security – Vietnam’s sea in the area. Nowadays, there is more and more Halong bay tours are operated in this area.

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South China Sea: Foreign vessel rammed, sank Vietnamese fishing boat — Becoming a weekly event for Vietnam’s “endangered” fishermen

January 10, 2016

By Hoang Trong, Thanh Nien News

BINH DINH – Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:51

Lawless Seas

A foreign vessel allegedly rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat on an island in Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago on Saturday, authorities said.
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Authorities in the south-central province of Binh Dinh said the fishing boat belonging to Pham Tiet, a Binh Dinh native, with eight crew members onboard was rammed around 60 nautical miles southeast of Lin Con Island in Hoang Sa at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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After the crash, the foreign vessel fled the scene. The fishing boat then sank.
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Another fishing boat came to the site and rescued all the crew members of the sunken boat.
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The sunken boat was then towed ashore by a search and rescue vessel.
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Further investigations are ongoing.
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Vietnamese fishing boat reportedly sunk by a Chinese ship sits in a shipyard in the central coastal city of Danang, June 2, 2014.
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Vietnamese fishermen inspect one of their vessels after it was rammed by a Chinese ship

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Vietnamese fishing boat was badly damaged after being intentionally rammed twice by a Chinese vessel on January 1 2016. Credit VTC

Chinese Coast Guard vessel photographed intentionally ramming a Vietnamese vessel in May 2014

Captain Pham Quang Thanh on the fishing boat that was fired at by a Chinese naval boat off Hoang Sa. He said China set his boat on fire.

Vietnamese fisherman Bui Tan Doan reported that his leg was broken by Chinese fishermen who boarded his boat in the Summer of 2015

Chinese coast guard ships harassed and blocked a Vietnamese rescue boat from reaching a fishing boat in distress near Hoang Sa on October 23, 2015. Photo by Xuan Son


A Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel. Vietnam and the Philippines have reported numerous acts of violence against them at the hands of Chinese nationals during 2013- 2015. On January 1, 2016, Vietnam accused China again of intentionally ramming (twice) a Vietnamese fishing boat that sank but was salvaged.

The fishing boat QNg 98459 (R) of Huynh Van Thach is pictured being towed ashore after it was rammed by a Chinese vessel (twice) and salvaged. The boat seen here one the left towed the damage craft into port.
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Lawless Seas: Chinese vessel rammed, sank Vietnamese fishing boat in Vietnamese waters

January 4, 2016

Thanh Nien News

QUANG TRI – Monday, January 04, 2016

Vietnamese fishing boat was badly damaged after being intentionally rammed twice by a Chinese vessel on January 1 2016. Credit VTC

Border guards in Quang Tri Province have confirmed that a Chinese steel fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat off Quang Tri, VTC News reported.
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Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Huy Tho of the Quang Tri Border Guard Command said the sinking occurred around 40 nautical miles east of Con Co Island on January 1.
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The foreign boat left even as the 10 fishermen on board who had fallen into the water pleaded for help, Huynh Hop, the boat owner said.
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They then tried to swim and hold to anything they could until other fishing boats arrived and rescued them.
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Tho said the site where the boat was sunk is located in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, making China’s action a serious violation of Vietnamese sovereignty.
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An official from the Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries told news website VnExpress a note has been sent to Chinese authorities informing that 10 Vietnamese fishermen from Quang Ngai Province have accused a Chinese vessel of ramming and sinking their boat.
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Chinese authorities have promised to investigate and sought more information about the Chinese boat, according to Ha Le, deputy chief of the department.
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He said the boat sank near the Tonkin Gulf that the two countries are negotiating for demarcation, and therefore Vietnam can seek China’s cooperation in investigations even if the culprit is not Chinese.
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Hop, 69, said his boat had been captained by his son Huynh Thach and had nine others on board when the Chinese boat crashed into its port at around noon last Friday.
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The fishermen had been sleeping at that time.
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Thach told news website VnExpress the foreign vessel had been around 30 meters in length and three times the height of the fishing boat.
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After a first crash, seven of the 10 men on the fishing boat were thrown into the sea.
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The foreign vessel rammed a second time, causing the boat to sink.
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Thach, the captain, told VnExpress he saw Chinese characters on the foreign vessel and two foreign men sitting in it when his boat sank.
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The fishing boat was salvaged and brought ashore badly damaged Saturday afternoon.
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A Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel. Vietnam and the Philippines have reported numerous acts of violence against them at the hands of Chinese nationals during 2013- 2015. On January 1, 2016, Vietnam accused China again of intentionally ramming (twice) a Vietnamese fishing boat that sank but was salvaged.

The fishing boat QNg 98459 (R) of Huynh Van Thach is pictured being towed ashore after it was rammed by a Chinese vessel (twice) and salvaged. The boat seen here one the left towed the damage craft into port.
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“Vietnam resolutely protests Chinese activities in the South China Sea” — Two Asian Communist Governments Cannot Get Along

January 3, 2016

Beijing has rejected accusations that a flight test it conducted in a contested part of the South China Sea was illegal. Vietnam alleged China’s landing of a plane on a Beijing-built airstrip violated its sovereignty.

“Vietnam resolutely protests Chinese…action and demands that China immediately stop, not repeat similar actions,” Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said in Hanoi, referring to China’s Saturday test flight on the new airstrip Beijing had built on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, an area which Vietnam claims.

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China in turn, rebutted Vietnam’s protest by saying that the test flight was conducted to find out if the new airfield met the standards for civil aviation.

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“Relevant activity falls completely within China’s sovereignty,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement. “The Chinese side will not accept unfounded accusations from the Vietnamese side,” she added.


US criticizes China

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Washington expressed concerns at the latest developments saying that China’s flight had aggravated tensions. There was “a pressing need for claimants to publicly commit to a reciprocal halt to further land reclamation construction of new facilities and militarization of disputed features,” the US State Department’s Pooja Jhunjhunwala said in a statement.

“We encourage all claimants to actively reduce tensions by refraining from unilateral actions that undermine regional stability, and taking steps to create space for meaningful solutions to emerge,” she added.

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Vietnam has an airstrip in the Spratly islands, which it uses for slow-moving cargo and surveillance flights. In recent times, Beijing has been increasingly concentrating on the South China Sea which houses an archipelago rich in natural resources and is a key shipping route. It has also begun piling sand on coral reefs and constructing airfields, radar installations and docking facilities on them.

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Countries bordering the South China Sea, including Vietnam and the Philippines, and the United States have repeatedly registered their protests at Beijing’s actions but China has denied it has any hostile intentions in implementing the project.
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http://www.dw.com/en/china-rebuts-protest-from-vietnam-over-spratly-island-airbase/a-18955952

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A Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel. Vietnam and the Philippines have reported numerous acts of violence against them at the hands of Chinese nationals during 2013- 2015. On January 1, 2016, Vietnam accused China again of intentionally ramming (twice) a Vietnamese fishing boat that sank but was salvaged.

The fishing boat QNg 98459 (R) of Huynh Van Thach is pictured being towed ashore after it was rammed by a Chinese vessel (twice) and salvaged. The boat seen here one the left towed the damage craft into port.
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Lawless Seas: Vietnam Protests Harsh Treatment of its Fishermen By China after Another Ramming, Sinking

October 16, 2015

Vietnamese fishermen Dang Dung (L), the owner and captain of the fishing boat codenamed QNg 90352 TS, narrates the attack with local authorities. Photo: Hien Cu

TUOI TRE NEWS

UPDATED : 10/16/2015

Vietnam objects to the inhumane treatment of its fishermen and are verifying a case in which local fishers reported that a Chinese ship rammed their fishing boat, sinking it in Vietnamese waters last month.

Spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh made the statement at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday in reply to reporters’ question on the alleged attack off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

“Once again, we reiterate that Vietnam strongly opposes any violent action or use or threat of force against Vietnamese fishermen under any circumstances,” Binh said.

Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed that it has full legal and historical evidence to prove its sovereignty over Hoang Sa, the spokesman said.

The waters of Hoang Sa are a long-standing fishing ground of Vietnamese fishers, Binh said, adding that the ministry will take an official and proper response to any prevention by foreign vessels of the normal operation of Vietnamese fishermen in the area.

Dang Dung, 40, the captain of the sunken ship, from the central province of Quang Ngai, told officials at the province’s Tinh Ky Border Guard Station on Tuesday that his ship sank after being rammed by a Chinese ship late last month.

Dung said he and five other crew members were rescued by another Vietnamese fishing boat and taken ashore in Tinh Ky District.

On September 29, a Chinese ship got close to Dung’s vessel when it was fishing off Hoang Sa, the captain said.

As soon as the Chinese vessel crashed into the local ship on its right side, five members of the foreign crew boarded the fishing boat and threatened the Vietnamese fishermen with electric bludgeons and knives.

The foreigners then took away two fish finders, two positioning machines, eight air hose reels, some diving devices, and a walkie-talkie, along with nearly two metric tons of aquatic products, before leaving the scene, Dung said.

After they left, Dung discovered that his ship had suffered a break through which water was leaking into his vessel.

The ship gradually sank while Dung was trying to steer the boat toward Da Loi Island, part of Hoang Sa.

A Vietnamese fishing boat makes its way past Thoi Loi Mountain, Vietnam

He also attempted to contact other local fishing boats for help via an emergency internal communications system (Icom), but the captain failed.

At about 7:00 pm, Dung successfully made contact with another Vietnamese ship also from Quang Ngai, QNg-90440, which then rushed to the scene and rescued all crew members.

The victims were then transferred to another local fishing ship, QNg-096697, which took them ashore.

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Vietnamese and Filipino fishermen have been easy prey to China’s stronger boats and dangerous tactics in the South China Sea since China moved into the area a few years ago in large numbers. Now the number of Chinese boats vastly outnumber the Vietnamese and Filipinos who say the Chinese operate under the law of the jungle: “Might Makes Right.”


Vietnamese fishing boat near Quang Ngai — Tuoi Tre photo

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Screen Grab of a China Coast Guard vessel ramming a Vietnamese sip during May, 2014

China dredger Tian Jing Hao, “The Reef Eater”: The Philippines has said China’s huge dredgers are demolishing square miles of coral reefs in the South China Sea for island building. The Philippines, Vietnam and others contest China’s claims of ownership of the several South China Sea reefs, islets and shoals. China doesn’t care one bit that environmentalists object to their coal reef destruction. The end justifies the means.

 

Vietnam demands Thailand probe deadly attacks on fishing boats

September 18, 2015

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The fishing ship KG 94059 TS, from the southern province of Kien Giang, was shot by a ship of the Thai Coast Guard on September 11, 2015, leaving Captain Ngo Van Sinh dead. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has required Thailand to investigate a case in which a Thai police boat attacked some Vietnamese fishing ships last week, leaving a fisherman dead and two others injured, according to the Vietnamese foreign ministry.  

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh made the statement during a press meeting in Hanoi on Thursday, emphasizing what the Thai police boat did to Vietnamese fishermen on September 11 was inhuman.

“In any circumstances, Vietnam strongly condemns the inhuman treatment of Vietnamese fishermen by the threat or use of force,” Binh said.

Besides promptly probing the case and handling those involved, Thailand must compensate for the human and property losses of the Vietnamese fishermen, the spokesman underlined.

Thai authorities are required to prevent similar incidents from recurring in order to avoid causing adverse impacts on the two countries’ strategic partnership, he said.

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A fisherman shows a hole in the cabin window of a Vietnamese fishing boat after it was attacked by gunmen. The fishermen said one man was killed and one fishing boat “disappeared.” Photo: Dinh Tuyen

Immediately after receiving reports of the attacks, the ministry worked with relevant agencies, including the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, to verify them, Binh said.

On Thursday, the ministry sent a diplomatic note to the Thai Embassy in Hanoi, voicing deep concerns over the incident and asking Thailand to probe it, the spokesman added.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand cited the Thai Foreign Ministry as saying that Bangkok is verifying the incident and will provide an official report on its investigation results as soon as possible, Binh said.

“On this occasion, we also extend condolences to the family of the dead victim, Ngo Van Sinh, and kind regards to the two injured fishermen,” he added.

Unacceptable explanations

Colonel Pham Van Sang, commander of the Headquarters of Border Guard of Kien Giang Province in the southern region, on Thursday rejected explanations by the Thai Coast Guard that their vessel – the ship Thai Police 528 – had opened fire on the Vietnamese fishing boats for self-defense purposes.

“It is unacceptable to say so,” Col. Sang said.

Investigation results showed that at 3:00 pm on September 11, three pairs of Vietnamese fishing boats were operating in the Kien Giang waters that border Thailand’s sea when they were approached by the Thai police boat, armed with a machine gun.

The Thai boat firstly detained the captain of a local boat, Nam, and took him to their ship before moving on to chase the other fishing vessels, Col. Sang said.

When the foreign ship approached another pair of fishing boats – KG-94811 TS and KG-94812 TS – its crew used a walkie-talkie to broadcast an order in Vietnamese: “Yêu cầu tàu Việt Nam dừng lại, không dừng sẽ bắn chết…” (“The Vietnamese ships are required to stop or you will be shot dead…”).

As soon as the order was given, the foreign ship fired at the boat KG-94811 TS.

After seeing the local boat’s captain and steersman, Nguyen Hung Cuong, suffer injuries in his right thighbone, the foreign ship began to run after the other boat, KG-94812 TS, and then shot at it.

The foreign ship later chased and opened fire on the last pair of fishing vessels, KG-94058 TS and KG-94059 TS.

After finding that one of the two captains of the local boats, Ngo Van Sinh, 38, died in his cabin, the foreign ship left the waters.

Sinh died after receiving three shots in his face and head, Col. Sang said.

Captain Cuong, one of the two injured victims in the September 11 attacks, affirmed that it is unacceptable to say that the ship Thai Police 528 shot at the Vietnamese vessels for self-defense reasons.

“In fact, the Thai ship wanted to stop our boats, but we kept running away, so it opened fire on our vessels,” Cuong said while being treated at the Kien Giang General Hospital.

He added that he undertakes to be responsible to the law for his statements related to the case.

Vietnam never uses force against fishermen

In boundary waters between countries, there exists a common situation in which fishermen of a country encroach on the territorial waters of another during their fishing activities, said Colonel Doan Bao Quyet, deputy political commissar of the Vietnam Coast Guard.

However, Vietnamese coast guard forces have never opened fire to drive away fishermen of any other countries when finding them violating Vietnamese waters, Col. Quyet asserted.

Vietnamese forces always respect and protect fishermen, including foreign ones, and absolutely do not use force against them in every form, the official said.

When detecting any foreign fishing ships in Vietnamese waters, local coast guards will inform them of their violation, broadcast to them relevant provisions in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and in the Vietnamese Law on the Sea, and provide them with guidance to get out of the waters, he said.

Vietnam’s coast guards only capture foreign fishermen who deliberately violate Vietnamese waters and hand over them to competent agencies for handling, the official added.

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Thailand’s sea police: “We only fired warning shots.” Vietnamese Fishermen Report One Dead, Several Wounded, One Boat Lost in Gun Battle at Sea

September 17, 2015

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The Vietnamese say a speedboat first hailed them in Vietnamese saying “stop or you will be shot dead.”

The fishing ship KG 94059 TS, from the southern province of Kien Giang, was shot by a ship of the Thai Coast Guard on September 11, 2015, leaving Captain Ngo Van Sinh dead. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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HANOI/BANGKOK: Thai marine police said they opened fire on a Vietnamese fishing boat while trying to intercept another vessel in waters near Malaysia last week, a clash Vietnamese state media said killed a fisherman and wounded two others.

Officials from the two countries were quoted on Wednesday giving starkly different accounts of the incident and Vietnamese Communist Party media said it could eventually be addressed at a diplomatic level.

Vietnamese fishing boats, which number an estimated 128,000, have repeatedly clashed with Chinese vessels in the disputed South China Sea, but incidents involving Thai boats are infrequent.

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A fisherman shows a hole in the cabin window of a Vietnamese fishing boat after it was attacked by gunmen. The fishermen said one man was killed and one fishing boat “disappeared.” Photo: Dinh Tuyen

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Thai maritime police chief, Major General Grittapol Yeesakhorn, said he was unaware of casualties and police were protecting themselves when their boat was surrounded by hostile Vietnamese vessels trying to ram their boat on Friday.

Police said a Thai officer was aboard a Vietnamese trawler that was stranded with engine trouble before the other Vietnamese boats arrived in support in the incident 40 km off the southernmost Thai province of Narathiwat, near Malaysia.

“We had no intention of killing anyone. We fired only warning shots, from 100 metres away. We only shot at the front of the boat,” he told Reuters by phone.

“The Vietnamese fishing boat came into Thai waters illegally, police had to arrest them.”

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s Communist Party-run Nhan Dan online newspaper said hostile incidents took place in overlapping maritime territory between Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Vietnamese state-run VTV showed footage of injured Vietnamese fishermen being treated in hospital.

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Wounded Vietnamese fisherman Tran Van Sang
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Citing the border guard force of Vietnam’s coastal Kien Giang province, Nhan Dan said Vietnamese vessels fled as a Thai police boat approached, blaring through a radio: “Vietnam vessel stop, if not we will shoot you to death.”

Nhan Dan said Thai police gave chase on three separate occasions and those shot were on different boats. One boat was boarded by police, who tied up the crew and stole a gun and equipment.

One captain was shot dead, at which point Thai police released all crew and left the area, it said.

The Vietnamese probe concluded Thai police “were in violation of Vietnamese and international laws”, and proposed the issue be addressed at a diplomatic level, Nhan Dan said.

(Editing by Martin Petty and Alison Williams)

The incident happened Friday near Narathiwat province, around 1,140 kilometres south of Bangkok, Thai maritime police said.

“Preliminary findings suggest that the Vietnamese vessels were encroaching on Thai territory, so we moved in to arrest them,” said Lieutenant Niwat Shanrai, deputy commander of Narathiwat Maritime Police force.

“They behaved in an aggressive manner, so we fired several warning shots.”

According to the Vietnamese government, the skipper of one boat was shot in the head and killed, while two other men were wounded.

The Thai police vessel was “a small craft with only 10 personnel,” while the Vietnamese fishing fleet was comprised of six vessels crewed by 20 men each, Niwat said.

A Vietnamese coast guard investigation said a vessel marked Thai Police 528 approached four Vietnamese fishing boats in the Gulf of Thailand.

The speedboat first hailed them in Vietnamese to “stop or you will be shot dead,” according to survivor accounts in Vietnam’s state-run newspapers.

The fishermen tried to flee but came under fire by assault weapons, the coast guard said.

Much of the Gulf of Thailand is within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) of more than one coastline, the conventional range of a country’s exclusive economic zone, leading to overlapping claims between Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.

More Chinese Harassment of Vietnamese Fishermen

July 13, 2015

Recent incidents highlight the return of low-level coercion against Vietnamese fishermen in disputed waters.

More Chinese aggression: Chinese vessel sinks Vietnamese fishing boat, leaves 11 stranded in South China Sea

July 12, 2015

By Hien Cu, Thanh Nien News

DA NANG – Friday, July 10, 2015

Vietnamese fishermen go fishing in Viet Nam’s sea territory.

A Chinese vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, leaving 11 crew members drifting on the sea off Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands on Thursday.

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Authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai announced Friday that the Vietnamese fishing boat codenamed QNg 90559 TS belonged to fisherfolk in Quang Ngai’s Binh Son District.
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On Thursday evening, when some boats from Quang Ngai were fishing off Hoang Sa in Da Nang City, two Chinese vessels approached them and tried to prevent them from fishing by using high-capacity light and loudspeakers to shoo them away.
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The Vietnamese boats moved away from the site. The QNg 90559 TS was moving rather slowly, so a Chinese ship rammed and sank it at around 11 p.m.
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Eleven crew members of the Vietnamese boat clung on to bamboo baskets and lifebuoys drifting on the sea.
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Around three hours later, after the Chinese ship left, another Vietnamese fishing boat came back to the area and rescued all of them.
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The Quang Ngai authorities said they will pull the sunk boat out of water as evidence to protest against Chinese aggression.
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At least five fishing boats from Quang Ngai have reported that they were attacked and robbed by Chinese vessels over the last two months.
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Vietnamese fisherman afloat in his basket
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Vietnamese fishing ship coded QNg 90657 from the central province of Quang Ngai is seen after it was attacked by Chinese ships in international waters on June 10, 2015. Photo from TUOI TRE NEWS
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An elderly Vietnamese protester holds a placard during an anti-China protest in front of the Chinese consulate in the financial district of Manila on May 16, 2014. Several hundred Filipino and Vietnamese protesters united in a march in the Philippine capital on May 16, demanding that China stop oil drilling in disputed South China Sea waters. Many Vietnamese remain uneasy with China in the South china sea till this day.  AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fishermen from Vietnam and the Philippines have long complained of rough and unlawful treatment from the Chinese Coast Guard and fishermen….

Vietnamese Fisherman Bui Tan Doan suffeeds a broken leg June 7 2015 when a Chinese ship attacked his fishing boat with a fire hose water cannon

China’s coast guard ship ramming and using a water cannon in the South China Sea to chase away Vietnamese vessels last year

This photograph taken on May 2, 2014 and released on May 7, 2014 by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry shows a China Coast Guard ship (L) using a water cannon on a Vietnamese ship in disputed waters in the South China Sea. (AFP)

Do Van Nam, the captain of the fishing boat QNg 90226, is pictured gesturing on his boat reportedly damaged by Chinese ships in Vietnamese waters on November 26, 2014.

Fishing boat fishing boat Dna 90152 from Vietnam was rammed by a Chinese Coast Guard ship and sunk last May.

Screenshot of a Chinese Coast Guard vessel ramming a Vietnamese vessel in May 2014

Damage to a Vietnam Coast Guard vessel after it was intentionally rammed by a Chinese vessel, May 2014.

Nguyen Chi Thanh, the owner and captain of fishing boat QNg96093, is seen on his vessel after it was attacked by Chinese forces on January 7, 2015.
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Chủ tàu Trần Văn Quang và chiếc mỏ neo bị tàu lạ đâm lút vào mũi tàu. Ảnh: Đức Nguyễn.

Chủ tàu Trần Văn Quang và chiếc mỏ neo bị tàu lạ đâm lút vào mũi tàu. Ảnh: Đức Nguyễn.

Photo: Captain Pham Quang Thanh on the fishing boat that was fired at by a Chinese naval boat off Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands of Vietnam on March 20, 2013.

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China says it owns all the South China Sea north of the “nine dash line” shown above

China claims ownership of about 90% of the South China Sea. Most of China’s neighbors believe otherwise.

The chart below shows the area declared by China on 1 January 2014 as “an area under China’s jurisdiction.” China says “foreign fishing vessels” can only enter and work in this area with prior approval from China. Vietnam, the Philippines and others have said they will not comply with China’s law. Experts say, this could be the geographic area that China could declare an air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

Indonesia’s Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Orders a Crackdown on Illegal Chinese Fishing

February 28, 2015

By Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti was in no better place on Wednesday to vent her anger when it comes to the Navy’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for cracking down on foreign poachers.

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At the headquarters of the Navy’s Western Fleet in Central Jakarta, the outspoken minister told reporters about a seemingly untouchable Chinese fishing vessel that appeared to operate freely despite the revocation of its license in 2013. The Fu Yuan Yu 80 was caught on the radar of Susi’s office on Tuesday operating off the northern coast of Jakarta, with no sign that the Navy intended to detain the ship despite knowing its location.

“It [the ship’s continued operation] is an extraordinary example of abuse of the NKRI [the Unitary State of Indonesia],” said Susi after attending the inauguration of Western Fleet commander Rear Admiral Taufiqurrahman.

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“I hope the Navy and the PSDKP [the Maritime and Fisheries Monitoring Task Force] can detain the vessel as soon as possible today [Wednesday],” urged Susi, who uses Army personnel as her security detail. According to Susi, the vessel is operated by an Indonesian firm PT. Antartica, which is part of the same group used by the Chinese operators of the MV Hai Fa.

The MV Hai Fa was seized in December and is the biggest ship the ministry has yet captured. The ministry seized the 4,306-ton vessel on suspicion that it was conducting illicit practices in Indonesian territorial waters. It was seized with the assistance of the Navy on Dec. 27.

The ship and its 24-man crew, all Chinese nationals, was chartered by Indonesian fishery companies to export goods to China. Navy spokesperson Commodore Manahan Simorangkir said the Navy had ordered a hunt for the Fu Yuan Yu 80.

“The field command is attempting to find the vessel now,” Manahan said. In December, the Navy sought to capture 22 Chinese vessels, but only eight were actually caught.

The failure has raised questions about the Navy’s commitment to safeguarding the country’s territory. Indonesia is taking a tough stance against China in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, by confiscating Chinese vessels and ending privileges granted to China to fish in Indonesian waters.

The government has revoked a deal signed with China in 2013 that gave Chinese fishermen advantages over other countries fishing in Indonesian waters. After President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took office on Oct. 20, Indonesia upped the ante in its battle against illegal fishing by capturing many vessels from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Citing an annual loss of more than US$2 billion to foreign poachers, Indonesia has sunk more than a dozen vessels from Vietnam, Thailand, PNG and Malaysia. The government has sunk no Chinese vessels yet as it is still awaiting court decisions determining whether the vessels violated the law. –

See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/26/susi-torpedoes-navy-over-chinese-vessel.html#sthash.SC1v7pN9.dpuf

Editors Note: Early in December 2014, Indonesia carried out a threat and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat but it has not effectively rid itself of Chinese fishermen as of now.

See: Indonesia May Sink Chinese Vessels: Jokowi Adviser
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/indonesia-may-sink-chinese-vessels-jokowi-adviser/

Indonesia sinks Vietnamese boats to stop illegal fishing
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-2862091/Indonesia-sinks-Vietnamese-boats-stop-illegal-fishing.html

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia blew up and sank three empty Vietnamese boats Friday, the navy said, as the world s biggest archipelago nation pushes to stop foreigners from illegally fishing in its waters.
http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/World/248577-Indonesia-sinks-Vietnamese-boats-to-stop-illegal-f

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An Indonesian warship launches rounds of missiles during the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Indonesian armed forces in Surabaya in eastern Java island on October 7, 2014 ©Juni Kriswanto (AFP/File)