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Vietnam, China in spat over fishing boat

Published Thu, Sep 11, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[HANOI] China said on Wednesday that its forces had boarded a Vietnamese trawler last month in disputed waters in the South China Sea and confiscated explosives used for fishing, rejecting accusations from Vietnam that its ships had been attacked.

Ties between the Communist neighbours have soured this year over competing territorial claims in the potentially energy-rich waters which straddle key shipping lanes.

Vietnam said two Chinese rubber dinghies took control of one Vietnamese fishing boat that was fishing near the Paracel islets, confiscating property. Chinese personnel "intruded and destroyed" the boat and beat up fishermen, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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