Hanoi: A Vietnamese official has accused armed Chinese soldiers of beating a Vietnamese fisherman and threatening other crew members. The alleged attack came near disputed islands in the South China Sea claimed by both countries.
A border official in Vietnam`s central Quang Ngai province says a Chinese Navy ship chased the fishermen before dispatching a speedboat with 10 soldiers armed with automatic rifles and batons. They boarded the fishing boat near the contested Paracel islands.
The soldiers punched and kicked the Vietnamese captain and threatened nine other crew members in the July 05 incident. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the captain was not injured.
The incident is the latest flare-up in a spat between the communist neighbours.