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Viet Nam protests China’s acts against Fishermen

In response to the media query about the February 22 incident in which the Chinese side used force to intimidate, assault and prevent 11 Vietnamese fishermen on fishing vessel QNg 90281TS of Quang Ngai province from entering Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands to avoid high winds, and took away the fishermen’s property, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi on February 29 clearly noted that “Viet Nam has indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. Vietnamese fishery activities in the waters of these two archipelagos are regular for generations and in accordance with international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982.

Such acts by the Chinese side seriously infringe upon Vietnamese sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdictional rights, run counter to the spirit of humane treatment toward fishermen, gravely threaten live of the fishermen and cause heavy losses to their property. Those acts also go against the friendship relations between the two countries and the common perception of the two countries’ top leaders as well as the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

Representatives of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry met with representatives of Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi to oppose the Chinese conducts and asked the Chinese side to refrain from similar wrongful actions and to compensate for losses incurred by the Vietnamese fishermen.”  

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