Vietnam Accuses China of Damaging Survey Ship, VietnamPlus Says

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    Vietnam Accuses China of Damaging Survey Ship, VietnamPlus Says

    Three Chinese ships cut survey cables of a vessel operated by Vietnam Oil & Gas Group, or PetroVietnam, 120 nautical miles off Phu Yen province, Vietnamplus cited an official at the state-owned firm as saying.

    The Chinese ships told the Vietnamese vessel it had violated China’s sovereignty, PetroVietnam Deputy Chief Executive Officer Do Van Hau said, according to the online news service. The Vietnamese boat responded that it was operating within Vietnam’s territory, Vietnamplus said.

    The incident occurred as the Vietnamese craft was conducting seismic surveys for oil and gas deposits yesterday morning, the report said.

    Report : Bloomberg
     
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    China is spoiling the relationship with everybody now-a -days , they are lured into this false sense of superior complex.
     
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    My Indian fellows, please enlighten me on how India reacts when foreign survey ship is operating within your territory, so that we can follow the example of the largest democracy on earth next time we are facing the same situation.
     
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    1. South China sea was shared by all country's ancestors, they fished together peacefully.
    China proposed share as ancestors. but many countris don't want to share
    2. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea makes a lot of overlapping area,causing a lot of problems.
    3. Until now, Fiishing is allow. but Vietnam insist on one-sided oil exploitation.
     
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    The ship was well within its EEZ, and far far away from China. This was China intruding on Vietnam's territory.
     
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    nimo_cn Senior Member Senior Member

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    Read the post by satish007. China also claims that area, of course you are gonna say Chinese claim is illegitimate, but I really don't give a damn.

     
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    lurker, are you just born yesterday, you should old enough to know Malvinas Islands.
    distance of British to the island is waaaaaaaaaayyyyy further than Argentine's.
     
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    Vietnam and China oil clashes intensify

    Tensions between China and Vietnam escalated over the weekend as each nation accused the other of violating its sovereignty in the oil-rich South China Sea.

    PetroVietnam, the state-owned oil and gas monopoly, said on Sunday that China had sabotaged Vietnamese oil exploration vessels, the latest accusation between the countries over the disputed waters.


    “When we conduct seismic survey and drilling operations, they [China] have aeroplanes flying over to survey our activities, they harass us with their vessels, and in extreme cases they cut our [exploration] cables,” said Do Van Hau, a senior PetroVietnam official.

    The renewed tensions come as Liang Guanglie, the Chinese defence minister, and Robert Gates, his US counterpart, prepare to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-profile annual Asia defence forum in Singapore next weekend. Mr Liang’s appearance will mark the first time a Chinese defence minister has participated in the meeting.

    The Vietnamese harassment claims will put the South China Sea issue back in focus ahead of the regional security meeting, which in recent years has increasingly focused on Chinese maritime behaviour in the disputed waters. South-east Asian countries are concerned about what they perceive to be Beijing’s increasingly assertive behaviour in regional waters.

    The rising tensions have also attracted the attention of Washington. Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, angered Beijing last July by insisting that the South China Sea was of strategic importance to the US and offering to act as a mediator.

    In addition to China and Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan all claim part or all of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain vast oil and gas reserves and incorporates key trade routes and abundant fish stocks.

    On Sunday, PetroVietnam said the Chinese boats that approached one of its vessels on Thursday had deliberately cut an exploration cable, which had been submerged to 30 metres to protect it from oncoming ships.

    PetroVietnam is working with a number of large international oil companies, including ExxonMobil and Chevron, to explore and develop oil and gas assets in South China Sea waters claimed by Vietnam. Mr Hau said that this latest incident “will impact on the attitudes of foreign investors”.

    Carl Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, said that this latest incident represented an escalation in Chinese aggression toward Vietnam.

    “China is brazenly asserting its sovereignty by such actions and it has the preponderance of vessels to enforce this,” he said.

    Just before 6am on Thursday, three Chinese patrol ships rushed the Binh Minh 2, a seismic survey ship owned by PetroVietnam, damaging a number of cables, according to Vietnam’s foreign ministry. The oil exploration vessel had detected the Chinese ships approaching on radar about an hour earlier without warning.

    The encounter took place 120 nautical miles off the coast of Phu Yen province in south-central Vietnam, in waters that are claimed by both China and Vietnam.

    China routinely detains Vietnamese fisherman who are plying their trade in disputed waters but this is the first time in recent years that Chinese patrol boats have clashed with a Vietnamese oil exploration vessel. A Philippines-licensed oil survey ship suffered a similar confrontation with Chinese patrol vessels in March.

    The clash comes just a week after China and the Philippines pledged “responsible behaviour” in the disputed areas and repeated their commitment to a peaceful resolution of conflicting territorial claims. During a visit of Liang Guanglie, China’s minister of defence, to Manila last Monday, officials from both governments pledged to avoid unilateral moves which could raise tension.

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino said after the visit incidents in disputed areas could trigger a regional arms race, and force the Philippines to strengthen its military capabilities.

    Security experts have said that such an arms race is under way already. Several south-east Asian countries are beefing up their air and sea defences – Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand have all acquired or placed orders for frigates, fighter aircraft and submarines.

    Neither the foreign ministry nor the defence ministry in China responded to requests for comment.

    FT.com / Asia-Pacific - Vietnam and China oil clashes intensify
     
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    Can't say I give a damn about your claims either, nor does Vietnam or the world in general.
     
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    Britain colonized an uninhabited island, thus it became British. Besides international law has changed from the time of imperial Europe.

    Before China attempts to destroy the basis of international law it must first be strong. A country surrounded by hostile countries is not strong by any means, and the way China is going about fulfilling this vision is enough to have Sun Tzu spinning in his grave. The more China flaunts, the deeper it digs itself.
     
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    China's claims on the South China Sea are illegitimate. You signed UNCLOS and have to abide by it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    That's right ! It's clear like lighting day ! Multi nation sailors in Vietnam ship were the best eyewitnesses !!!!
     
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    La Chine qui a poursuivi une politique en accordant du proverbe : La raison est au le plus fort ! comme .. les ancienne pirates !
     
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    This would be the second act of aggression China has committed over the issue of oil in the region, the first being their threat to Phillipino ships surveying the area by sending in the Chinese navy. Obama better get his act together on this, but I wont hold my breath.
     
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    These islands are far away from the nearest Chinese coast! Go away imperial China!
     
  20. Thai

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    The expansionism of China step by step have revealed its ambition without regarding any neighbour asian countries benefits .
     
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    Well, last time I check, Taiwan is also claiming this area. And one of biggist island is occupied by their army. It seems that distance is not a problem here.
     

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