Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei (洪磊) condemned a “serious infringement on Chinese sovereignty and naval rights (严重侵犯中国的主权和海洋权益), reports the BBC‘s Chinese website. Chinese fishermen had been put into danger by a Vietnamese oil exploration ship in the South China Sea, Hong said on Thursday, in a response to a statement of Vietnam’s ministry of foreign affairs.
Also on Thursday, Vietnam had accused a Chinese fishing trawler of intentionally hitting the Vietnamese vessel. In his Thursday statement, Hong in turn accused Vietnam of illegally trying to expel the Chinese fishing trawler by armed force, while the fishermen were operating legally near the Spratly Islands.
Last Sunday, several hundred protesters held a demonstration against Chinese vessels violating Vietnam’s sovereignty, according to the BBC report.
An AFP report, republished by the Bangkok Post on Thursday, quotes extensively from both sides’ statements.
Also on Thursday, Hong Lei said that there were no missing monks in Tibet.
The spokesman, Hong Lei, said local authorities were “conducting legal education” for the monks to “maintain religious order.” He said there had been “no such thing as enforced disappearance” of the monks from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan Province,
Associated Press reported.
» Parallel Press Conference, Voice of Vietnam, June 10, 2011