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Vietnam accuses Chinese vessel of colliding with a fishing boat

Vietnam accuses Chinese vessel of colliding with a fishing boat

Vietnam accused a Chinese vessel of colliding with its fishing boat in waters on its continental shelf.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the boat with 15 fishermen on board was fishing in Vietnam's "exclusive economic zone" on May 20 when a Chinese vessel hit its side, damaging the fishing boat and threatening the fishermen's lives.

"This is a serious case of violating Vietnamese sovereignty, threatening the lives and damaging the properties of Vietnamese fishermen," the ministry said late Monday.

A formal complaint has been lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, it added.

China, Vietnam and other countries in the region have been embroiled in long-standing territorial disputes over parts of the South China Sea.

(Agencies)

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