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The Far Eastern superpower will let tourists visit the Xisha Islands, called the Paracel Islands in Vietnam, ahead of the forthcoming May Day holiday.
The incident reportedly occurred last Wednesday in Vietnamese-claimed waters off the Paracel islands.
Since then both the Philippines and Vietnam - which is in dispute with China over the Paracel islands - have sought to raise the issue through the Asean regional bloc, but claim Chinese pressure has forced the topic off the agenda, the report added.
China's recent announcement of a troop deployment to the Paracel Islands followed a month in which competing territorial claimants heightened their rhetoric, China's naval presence in disputed areas became more visible, and the Chinese divided the Association of South East Asian Nations, whose foreign ministers could not agree on a communique for the first time in 45 years.
The Spratly Islands are claimed in whole or in part by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, while the Paracel Islands are disputed between China and Vietnam, and Macclesfield Bank is claimed by China, Taiwan and the Philippines.
The neighbouring communist countries have a long history of diplomatic tussles over incidents near the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands, which are claimed all or in part by Vietnam, China and several other Asian nations.
China and Vietnam each claim the strategic Paracel Islands -- to an isolated stretch on the same island.
Some of these also have competing claims on the Paracel Islands, another South China Sea chain.