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China Seizes Vietnamese Fishing Vessel, Lao Dong Reports

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- A Vietnamese boat with 11 crewmembers was seized by China yesterday while fishing around the Paracel Islands, Lao Dong newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.

On March 22, China seized a Vietnamese fishing vessel with 12 fishermen in the same area. Their status is still unknown, according to Lao Dong.

The Paracel and Spratly islands, groups of rocky outcrops in the South China Sea with unproven oil and gas deposits, are claimed in whole or part by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Diep Ngoc Pham in Hanoi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Soughley at

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