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Vietnam objects to China's unilateral fishing ban in East Sea
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Vietnam objects to China's unilateral fishing ban in East Sea

The Saigon Times

Vice spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Doan Khac Viet speaks at the press conference on April 29 - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC - China’s recent unilateral and illegal fishing ban in the East Sea violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago and international law and goes against agreements on solving maritime  issues between the two countries, vice spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Doan Khac Viet said at a press conference on April 29.

China on April 27 unilaterally issued a summer fishing ban that takes effect from May 1 to September 16, 2021, in the waters covering part of the Gulf of Tonkin and Vietnam's Paracel Archipelago. 

Viet said Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence of its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos as well as its legal rights to the waters in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Measures to preserve sea resources need to be implemented in accordance with the 1982 UNCLOS and must not harm the sovereign rights to and jurisdiction over the waters of other related countries, Viet added.

He emphasized that Vietnam objects to and resolutely rejects this unilateral summer fishing ban by China, which infringes international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS, and goes counter to the spirit and letter of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and to the agreements on the fundamental principles on resolution of disputes at sea between Vietnam and China.

Regarding information that the Vietnamese maritime forces operating near the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos are threatening the marine law enforcement and security forces of China, Viet said, “We refute this incorrect information about the maritime self-defense forces of Vietnam.”

The vice spokesperson said Vietnam’s maritime self-defense forces are tasked with safeguarding the country’s maritime sovereignty and maintaining security, order and safety in the seas and on the islands which belong to Vietnam. The country’s marine self-defense and other authorized forces working at sea absolutely comply with Vietnamese and international laws, especially the 1982 UNCLOS.

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