HANOI - A Vietnamese fishing boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel amid a tense territorial confrontation in the South China Sea over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig, a Vietnamese official said Tuesday.
"I confirm that the fishing vessel was rammed. The 10 fishermen on board are on land now. They are safe. The ship sank," said a Vietnamese maritime safety official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, of the incident which happened on Monday.