(Bloomberg News) -- A Chinese vessel attacked and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, the Vietnam government said, raising tensions over a territorial dispute that saw clashes between the countries’ coast guard ships earlier this month.
“It sank,” ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said of the Vietnamese vessel. “It was rammed by a Chinese boat.”
The 10 fishermen on board DNa 90152 were rescued by other Vietnamese boats after the incident about 4:00 p.m. yesterday around 17 nautical miles (19.5 miles) from a Chinese oil rig located near the contested Paracel Islands, the government said in a statement on its website. Forty Chinese fishing vessels encircled a group of Vietnamese boats in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, it said.