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Collisions between Chinese and Vietnamese ships occur in the South China Sea

Renewed clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese ships in the South China Sea, leading to increased tension in the waters around the disputed Paracel Islands, according to NHK.

Vietnamese authorities announced yesterday that Chinese vessels used water cannons against vessels owned by Vietnamese fisheries control authorities and the maritime police. According to the Vietnamese authorities, as a result, three crew members were injured.

Sources in the Vietnamese government told NHK television that Vietnam does not intend to back down. Officials adamantly declare that Vietnamese vessels will not leave the surrounding waters until the equipment for oil extraction is exported.

Meanwhile, General Fan Fenghui, the chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, is going to visit the United States next week to discuss the situation in the South China Sea with the chairman of the joint US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, in the Ministry of Defense.

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