Updated: 05/27/2014 10:14 | By Agence France-Presse

Vietnam fishing boat rammed and sunk by China ship

A Vietnamese fishing boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel amid a tense territorial confrontation in the South China Sea over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig, a Vietnamese official said Tuesday.


"I confirm that the fishing vessel was rammed. The 10 fishermen on board are on land now. They are safe. The ship sank," said a Vietnamese maritime safety official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, of the incident which happened on Monday.

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