Video footage emerged today of the maritime collision on 26 May that resulted in the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel near a Chinese oil rig planted in disputed waters off the Vietnamese coast. At the time of the collision, China and Vietnam traded accusations of which side was the aggressor, but this video appears to validate the Vietnamese account, showing a much larger Chinese vessel steaming after two Vietnamese fishing boats.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei has responded by wondering aloud, “who was it who took the initiative for the clash? Who was it who created tension on the scene?”
“This is very clear,” Hong said.
Video clearly shows larger Chinese ship pursuing Vietnamese fishing boat.
Chinese ship overtakes and rams Vietnamese vessel.
The Chinese ship leaves the crippled Vietnamese boat to sink.
The damage sustained by the Vietnamese ship.
By Ryan Kilpatrick