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China urged to stop hindering Vietnamese fishing boats
Thursday,  6/20/2019, 19:48 

China urged to stop hindering Vietnamese fishing boats

The Saigon Times Daily

Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang speaks at the press conference today, June 20 - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Vietnam has demanded that China stop hindering Vietnamese fishing boats and seizing their fishing nets and equipment in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, stated the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At a press briefing today, June 20, Le Thi Thu Hang, while answering questions on Vietnam’s response to Chinese vessels’ actions, confirmed that they have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa islands, international law and an agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China.

Vietnam resolutely objects to these actions and has asked China to impose strict sanctions on the Chinese vessels involved, compensate the Vietnamese fishermen and ask its staff not to repeat these actions, Hang added.

On June 19, a representative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to express Vietnam’s opposition to China’s actions and seek compensation for the Vietnamese fishermen.

Regarding the Vietnamese fishing boat that rescued 22 Filipinos from a fishing boat on Reed Bank in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, the spokeswoman said in a separate statement that all vessels, including fishing ones, while they are at sea, ought to respect and comply with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

"The responsibility of ships is to humanely treat and aid fishermen in distress at sea. The Vietnamese fishing boat carried out an international obligation while it was operating at sea in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Convention on IMO (International Maritime Organization) of which Vietnam is a member."

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