several China’s newspapers strongly denied the accusation that China Maritime Surveillance (CMS) shot at Vietnamese fishing boats or did not have any clash with any Vietnamese fishing boats.
Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei finally admitted an incident occurred between CMS and Vietnamese boats but no force was used in what he termed an illegal fishing incident.
Picture is worth a thousand words. Japan’s Kyodo News reported the incident with a captured image of CMS spraying and attacking Vietnamese fishing boat on the 25th. Further, forensic evidence shows Vietnamese boat was shot with bullets. Chinese troops confiscated $25,000 worth of fish catch from Vietnamese fishermen.
Chinese Maritime Surveillance boat attacks Vietnamese fishing boat
Bullet hit the boat
Fishing boat's electric cables cutChina is the most populous country in the world and a superpower in the world. Its words should carry weight and meaning. Such strong denial of recent incident and actual acts of aggression contradict the well-intention of the rise of China. If its words cannot be trusted, how would the world trust China to play a constructive role in the world affairs?