12 July 2016

News Story: Chinese ships sunk Vietnamese vessel ahead of Court ruling on South China Sea

Ahead of the United Nations Permanent Arbitration Court’s July 12 ruling on the Philippine-Sino case, two Chinese ships have rammed and sunk a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), an official says.

‘They not only sank the fishing boat but tried to prevent other boats from rescuing the fishermen,’ said Phan Van On, a spokesman for the Quang Ngai provincial search and rescue agency.

The five-member Vietnamese fishing crew was returning to shore on Saturday when it was intercepted by a pair of Chinese ships, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

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