China took "necessary and proper" action against Vietnamese fishing boats it accused of entering its territory in a disputed area of the South China Sea last week, the government said on Tuesday.
The Vietnamese boats had "worked illegally" near the Paracel islands, known as the Xisha in China, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.
Hong did not confirm Vietnamese reports that a Chinese maritime patrol vessel pursued one Vietnamese boat for 30 minutes before opening fire on Wednesday.
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