外文标题：Chinese and Vietnamese ships collide, Philippines seizes vessel
BEIJING: China’s relations with Vietnam and Philippines came under severe strain on Wednesday after a mid-sea collision between ships and seizure of a Chinese vessel near disputed islands off the Philippine coast.
Vietnam’s naval ships and Chinese vessels collided in the South China Sea after a Chinese attempt to establish an oil rig in an area claimed by both countries, according to Vietnamese officials. The Vietnamese navy intervened to prevent it.
Vietnamese officials claimed Chinese ships intentionally rammed their vessels and used water cannons at the country’s naval men. This is the first time China has tried to establish an oil rig and start drilling in the disputed area only 193km from Vietnam’s coast.
No shots were fired by either side an official said. Several sailors were injured but there was no confirmation about it by either government. The clash which attracted dozens of boats from both sides in the area is the most serious mid-sea friction between them in years.
At another level, Chinese foreign ministry has asked Philippines government to immediate release a Chinese fishing boat with a crew of 11 fishermen which it had seized on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying demanded that the Philippines “make rational explanations” for its actions and “take no more provocative action”.
Philippines maritime police arrested the 11 fishermen after seizing their boat near the Half Moon Shoal of the disputed Nansha Islands. China claims ownership of the Nansha islands on Tuesday.
The Tanmen fishing association in Qionghai City of China’s Hainan Province said that several armed men took control of the Chinese boat after firing four or five shots in the air.
Anand Rai (Unknown)
China after securing its borders is now flexing his muscles in other areas….same should be expected from India..
Lol how do people look this as a military conflict!!! XD trolls quick to play their china card on Indians. Its uncle sam who is playing the games and asians just point guns at each.other!
Anthony Morais (Internet)
When the Chinese roared, we quickly withdrew giving “lack of good chances of discovering commercial quantities of crude oil” as the excuse. Now the Chinese go there cheekily, after telling India not to drill in Vietnamese waters. I wish India had the guts of either Vietnam or Philippines!
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Commi China flexing muscle .
Chinese aggression is not good for anyone. War is the last thing chinese will be hoping for. Their economy is strong but very much dependent on west, China will surely lose a lot.
Congratulations Philippines!! You must stand up to Chinese Bullying. Hope this is a pattern other smaller countries would follow.Chinese expansionism and grabbing of resources of other nations must be stopped. Good call.
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Another conflict for oil.
Indian Dan (Unknown)
Hot on the heels of Obama’s visit to the region.
Very nice.. Chinese must be squirming now..
China’s adventurism must be stopped.
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Keepitsimple (Somewhere better)
Now this is interesting … the US will be quick to distance itself from this one to even avoid making a statement. They can not and will not want a confrontation with the Chinese
In the near future, India, Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, will Attack Chine from All Angle, Where China will not exit on any Map, Because people are sick of this Chinese playing there games, They think everything belong to them, And trying there Dirty cheap tricks, thinking they are too smart, Very soon they will be played with there own dirty games, when these countries will be sick of these Chinese people and will completely, destroy them. At present country is selling cheap product, and creating lot of prostitute, and sending them to different countries, and these people will do anything to make money. Will not pay Tax.
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kesh_jock (Location) replies to john
non of those countries have military or the economy to fight with China, also India is surrounded by enemy countries who funded by the china so such a conflict only effect India big time
china getting pushed back each time it tries to bully and bypass all maritime laws …!! Obama should park a big nimitz class super carrier right near the south china sea.. see how fast china will go back to its corner !!!t