17 Jun '11, 6am

Vietnam fishermen allege China seizure: HANOI: A Chinese vessel confiscated hundreds of kilogrammes of catch fro...

Vietnam fishermen allege China seizure: HANOI: A Chinese vessel confiscated hundreds of kilogrammes of catch fro...

HANOI: A Chinese vessel confiscated hundreds of kilogrammes of catch from Vietnamese fishermen, an official said Friday, at a time of high maritime tension with Beijing. The alleged seizure is one of numerous similar incidents reported by Vietnamese fishermen working in disputed South China Sea waters in recent years. But it comes as relations between Vietnam and fellow communist China are at their lowest point in years after recent sea confrontations, which reignited a row over the sovereignty of the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos. The island groups are potentially rich in oil, and straddle strategic shipping lanes. "We were told the Chinese took away their 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of fish and some fishing equipment," an official on Vietnam's Ly Son island, where the boat is based, told AFP. She added that the cost of the loss is estimated at around 55 million dong ...

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