By Henry Williams.
Vietnamese ship, the Binh Minh 02
Vietnam’s state-run oil and gas company, Petrovietnam, has accused Chinese ships of sabotage.
A geological survey ship, the Binh Minh 2, stationed just off the Vietnamese Con Co Islands on Friday was approached by two Chinese “fishing boats”, according to the Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Despite warning signals, the Chinese Chinese ship sailed past the stern of the ship, causing a seismic cable attached to the ship to be severed.
Speaking to Bloomberg earlier today, the firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Do Van Hau, denied the damage was deliberate:
“China cut the cables by accident,” he said by phone today. “It’s unlike last time when they intentionally cut our cables.”
This comes after an accusation of “harassment” by Chinese ships in the Petrovietnam’s own newspaper, yesterday.
The incident comes at a time of escalating tensions in the region after China decided to unilaterally redraw maps of the region displayed in their passports.
[Via: The Straits Times]