Fresh spats in South China Sea spark fears
China's disputes with Philippines, Vietnam raise risk of armed clashes
Published on May 8, 2014 7:05 AM
Maritime disputes involving China, Vietnam and the Philippines have flared up, escalating the risk of armed clashes in the resource-rich South China Sea.
Chinese and Vietnamese vessels were involved in a collision near the Paracel islands following the placement of a Chinese oil rig in waters claimed by both sides.
Vietnam yesterday accused Chinese vessels of deliberately ramming into Vietnamese patrol ships and also of using water cannon on its ships, causing damage and injuries in more than one incident since China announced last Saturday that the rig was operating in the area.
A Chinese plane also tried to intimidate the Vietnamese ships, a maritime official said.
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