Chinese patrol forces have seized a Vietnamese fishing boat on the East Sea, demanding a ransom of US$6,250, Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspaper reported.
The newspaper quoted Nguyen Ngoc Hieu, chairman of Bao Ninh Commune People's Committee, Quang Binh Province, as saying that the boat carrying five local fishermen was seized by officers on a Chinese fishing patrol boat some 110 nautical miles off the Chan May port in Thua Thien-Hue Province on August 8.
On Thursday, Nguyen Thi Hang, the wife of Nguyen Van Thanh the boat's owner received a phone call from China saying she must pay $6,250 to have the five and the boat back.
An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the news with the Sai Gon Tiep Thi the same day.
The Quang Binh Department of External Affairs said they had not received any information from China.