Two months after China dispatched an oil rig into Vietnamese waters and began launching attacks against Vietnamese Coast Guard vessels, a force of wooden fishing boats continues to brave the troubled waters with peace flags and smiles.
Thanh Nien reporter to Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago off the central port city of Da Nang captured locals sailing into the conflict zone to put food on their tables and affirm the rights of a small country.
Peace and national flags get mixed up above Vietnamese fishing boats around Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands)
A flag bearing the standard “Viet Nam Hoa Binh” (Peaceful Vietnam) flies over a fishing boat.
A fisherman's smile
A Coast Guard officer passes a can of fresh water to local fishermen.
A photo shows the lighting system of a boat of fishermen from nearby Quang Ngai Province being destroyed after it was rammed twice by a Chinese vessel .
A fisherman raises Vietnam’s national flag. Photos: Doc Lap