• Vietnam protests Chinese ship’s bullying in Paracel

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    VIETNAM has voiced protest about the acts of a Chinese ship which chased and bullied two Vietnamese fishing vessels in the waters at Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on July 7.

    Responding to reporters’ question regarding the incident, the spokesman of Vietnam’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Luong Thanh Nghi said yesterday that these acts have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago, Vietnam’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea.

    It runs counter to the spirit of humane treatment of fishermen, the stipulations of international law and the spirit of the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of marine issues between Vietnam and China, as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), he said.

    Relevant agencies reported that the Chinese ship coded 306 chased after the two ships QNg 96787 TS and QNg 90153 TS which were fishing as usual in the area around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago.

    The Chinese crew even went on board the two Vietnamese ships, searched the ships, beat the fishermen, broke things and took away some property from the two fishing vessels.

    According to the spokesman, a representative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has met representatives from the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to hand over a note protesting the act.

    The Vietnamese side requested that the Chinese side launch serious investigation and strictly deal with the aforesaid wrongdoing, as well as compensate the Vietnamese fishermen, and prevent the recurrence of similar incidents in the future. PNA

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    1. The actions of the chinese are consistent with what they are saying. They are claiming the property so they are exercising their rights by chasing intruders in their territorial waters . I think the Philippines and Vietnam should do the same . One particular case is the SC 55 awarded to FORUM Energy . If the our country ( Philippines ) is standing on its claim that SC 55 is within our territorial waters , then why not allow FORUM Energy to conduct soil test and exploration . After all , FORUM have been able to conduct a high definition 2D seismic test on the area without the chinese being able to stop the activities. Yes they harassed the ship conducting the seismic data gathering but only up to that extent until they finally leave the area . Let us see if the chinese will have the guts to go beyond harassment . Let us be consistent with what we are saying this time .