A video showing a large Chinese ship ramming and sinking a smaller Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed waters has been aired by Vietnam state television (VTV).

In the footage recorded on board a nearby vessel at the end of May, the Chinese boat is seen steaming as it chases down the fishing boat in waters near the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea.

Once it eventually reaches its prey, the vessel apparently deliberately stirs into it causing the Vietnamese boat to capsize.