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Vietnam Says Chinese Ship Rammed Fishing Boat Off its Coast

Vietnam demanded compensation after saying a Chinese ship rammed a fishing boat off its coast, marking the first incident between the neighboring countries since China announced a fishing ban earlier this month.

The May 20 clash involved a Vietnamese vessel from the central province of Quang Ngai carrying 15 fisherman, according to a statement posted yesterday on the website of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It took place within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, according to the statement, which didn’t specify an exact location.