Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

China blames Vietnam for ship collisions in disputed waters  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 09/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Beijing on thursday swatted blame back to hanoi after it accused chinese ships of ramming vietnamese vessels in disputed waters the latest escalation in territorial disputes involving the asian giant.

foreign ministry official yi xianliang said vietnamese ships had rammed chinese vessels 171 times since may 3 — in sharp contrast to vietnam’s claim that its own patrol vessels were repeatedly rammed by chinese ships protecting a deep-water drilling rig near the paracel islands in the south china sea.

the islands are controlled by china but claimed by vietnam.

“the chinese side made no provocations at all. it is the vietnamese side that is making provocations” yi deputy director-general of the foreign ministry’s department of boundary and ocean affairs said at a press briefing.

by contrast hanoi claimed wednesday that chinese boats had collided with vietnamese ships in at least three incidents since may 3 and used water cannon to attack vietnamese law enforcement ships injuring six.

vietnam broadcast a video of the confrontations while yi declined to provide specific evidence of china’s claims.

he said vietnam had dispatched 35 vessels to the scene since saturday but that he did not know how many chinese vessels were present claiming it was difficult to tally because many were coming and going. no chinese military ships were present he said.

yi declined to specifically address accusations of water cannon use. he said instead that chinese vessels were at the drilling rig to provide security but had exercised restraint.

“china had to strengthen its security forces at the scene and take action to stop vietnam’s disruptive activities” he said.

“in the face of vietnamese provocation china has maintained a high degree of restraint.”

yi reiterated beijing’s stance that the confrontation took place in what was undisputedly chinese territory.

“china’s operations are completely reasonable legal and justified” he said adding that they were the cuntry’s “sovereign right having nothing to do with vietnam”.

china claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the south china sea which is also claimed in part by taiwan brunei malaysia and the philippines and is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

china and vietnam which fought a brief border war in 1979 have been locked in a long dispute over their contested waters. they routinely exchange diplomatic barbs over oil exploration fishing rights and ownership of the spratly and paracel islands.

tensions between the communist neighbours have risen sharply since beijing unilaterally announced last week that it would move the drilling rig into disputed waters.

vietnam deployed patrol vessels after the china maritime safety administration issued a navigational warning on its website saying it would drill close to the paracel islands.

japan and the united states said on thursday they were deeply concerned by the latest flare-up with tokyo urging beijing to rein in its “provocative” actions.

beijing and tokyo are facing off in their own territorial row over islands in the east china sea another volatile flashpoint in regional relations.

“we are deeply worried as regional tensions have risen with china unilaterally starting rigging activities in disputed waters” japan’s top government spokesman yoshihide suga told reporters in tokyo.

“we recognise this incident is part of china’s unilateral and provocative maritime activities” he said.

us assistant secretary daniel russel in hanoi told reporters: “the us is greatly concerned about any dangerous conduct at sea and we oppose any act of intimidation by vessels including and particularly in disputed areas.”

“it is obviously common on all the countries in the region to refrain from unilateral actions that can jeopardise peace and can raise tension” he said.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes -->


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 14 2016 - UAE- Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation announces award proclamation dateEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- The General Secretariat of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation announced today ...

 Feb 14 2016 - Ministers of the future government take the oath before the UAE Prime MinisterEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- With the approval of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Ministers of the 12th Cabinet of the ...

 Feb 14 2016 - Dubai Health Authority hospitals and specialty centres receive more than one million patients in 2015Emirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- The Dubai Health Authority DHA announced today that its hospitals and specialty centres received more than one million ...

 Feb 14 2016 - UAE- President Khalifa calls on new ministers to work diligently and faithfully towards promoting march of developmentEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called on the ministers of the 12th Cabinet of the UAE ...

 Feb 14 2016 - UAE- President names Tahnoun bin Zayed as National Security AdvisorEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a federal decree appointing H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun ...

 Feb 14 2016 - IHC hosts Humanitarian Project Management Course for emergencies in DubaiEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- The International Humanitarian City (IHC) has held a three-day Humanitarian Project Management Course for emergencies for ...

 Feb 14 2016 - Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for plane bombing in SomaliaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Al-Shabaab group has claimed responsibility for an explosion that ripped a hole in the side of a passenger plane in Somalia last week, killing only the bomber himself, ...

 Feb 14 2016 - Many juniors arrested in Bahrain for joining demonstrationsSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Bahraini security forces have arrested a number of teenagers for taking part in chaos and subversion in some Bahraini villages.The Bahraini News Agency, which carried ...

 Feb 14 2016 - UAE- Huge volunteer turnout at 4th Waste Free Environment eventEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- An estimated 700 volunteers from 14 schools alongside community members came together for a day of educational activities ...

 Feb 14 2016 - UAE- Masdar Institute to feature research projects in food energy and waterEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 14th February 2016 (WAM) -- The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology an independent research-driven graduate-level university focused on ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help