Chinese police attack Vietnamese fishing boat off Hoang Sa archipelago

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A Vietnamese fishing boat was attacked by Chinese marine police in June when it was fishing in the waters off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, a local official told Thanh Nien Friday.

 

Pham Thi Huong, vice chairwoman of Ly Son District's People's Committee in the central province of Quang Ngai, cited a report from the district's border guards as saying that the incident happened on June 14 off the Da Loi Island, part of the archipelago.

 

Le Van Cuong, 45, was steering his boat with 13 crew members on board when a white ship numbered 54025 belonging to the Chinese marine police forcibly came on board.

 

After checking the boat for nearly two hours, the Chinese police broke its cockpit's windows and took away containers of diesel, a compass, and the crew's food and personal belongings before chasing the boat away.

 

However, Cuong, who belongs to district's An Vinh Commune, borrowed tools and equipment from another local boat to continue fishing until they returned on June 29.

 

The incident has been reported to the provincial border guards' headquarters for further action, Huong said.

 

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