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
 Dec 7 2016 - Qatar- Armed groups take control of Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to major oil portsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) BENGHAZI, Libya: Armed groups took control on Wednesday of the Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to some of Libya's major eastern oil ports, security officials said. Miftah ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Israeli missiles hit near airbase outside Damascus: Syria mediaThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Damascus: Several Israeli missiles struck the notorious Mazzeh airbase outside Damascus overnight without causing any casualties, Syrian state media reported on Wednesday. ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Turkey says pushing Aleppo talks between Russia, Syria oppositionThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Moscow:Ankara is doing "everything possible" to facilitate negotiations between Moscow and Syrian opposition groups to halt the bloodshed in Aleppo, Turkey's ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Syria rebels call for Aleppo truce, civilian evacuationThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Aleppo, Syria:Syrian rebels in Aleppo city called Wednesday for an immediate five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians to other opposition-held territory in the northern ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Arab Palestinian Investment Company - APIC Achieves Net Profits of USD6.28 Million in the First Half of 2016MENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Tarek Aggad, Chairman and CEO of Arab Palestinian Investment Company - APIC, said that the group achieved net profits after tax of USD6.28 million. Net profit attributed to APIC's ...

 Dec 7 2016 - The Dubai Summer Pass: City Entertainment Offer Proves a Great SuccessMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Now in its 18th year, the "Dubai Summer Surprises" campaign is the highlight of the city's summer calendar, with events and activities for the whole family. As part of this campaign ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Kuwait- His Highness the Amir thanks Bahraini King on warm hospitalityKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, Dec 7 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has cabled Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa expressing deep gratitude ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Greenback slide resumes on disappointing Fed minutes Japan’s verbal intervention falling on deaf earsMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Dollar bulls were clearly uninspired by July’s Federal Reserve’s minutes released on Wednesday as participants remained divided over when to move interest rates. According to the ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Kuwait- His Highness the Amir departs BahrainKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MANAMA, Dec 7 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, along with his official delegation, departed the Kingdom of Bahrain on ...

 Dec 7 2016 - Kuwait insists on plan to provide 15 pct of energy out of renewable energyKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) AMMAN, Dec 7 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait is resolved to go ahead with its strategy to provide 15 percent of its energy needs out of renewable energy by 2030, an ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

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

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