|President Truong Tan Sang visits to the Fisheries Surveillance sub-department Zone 2 and fishing surveillance ship KN-951 in Da Nang City. — Photo dantri
DA NANG (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has praised fishermen, coast guards and fisheries surveillance forces in their peaceful fight to get China to withdraw its oil rig from the Paracel archipelago in the East Sea.
The rig has been illegally sitting in Viet Nam's waters since May 2.
Speaking during a two-day visit to Da Nang city yesterday, Sang asked all fishermen in the central city to continue their deep-sea trips, as their ancestors did, in Viet Nam's traditional fishing grounds.
The President also urged ministries, agencies and the city administration to create more favourable conditions for fishermen to boost their trade from the sea.
"All people in the country are worried about the tension in the East Sea. More than 10,000 fishermen and a fleet of 1,300 fishing trawlers have been facing difficulties, including unstable fish prices," Sang said.
He said that the Party and State would strengthen coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces with powerful ships and equipment to bolster fishing in the East Sea.
Fisherman Truong Cong Minh said the President's visit was a great encouragement to the 10,000 fishermen in the city.
He asked for help in creating a stable price for fish in order to help fishermen avoid losses.
Minh also urged the Government to speed up a project to build a steel pilot vessel for fishermen.
The President said the National Assembly had approved a budget supporting fishermen, adding that the Government was also setting up a fund.
The president also took a field visit to the wreck of sunken fishing trawler DNa TS 90152 at the docks of the Tho Quang shipyard.
On May 26, the vessel was fishing 17 nautical miles from the illegally placed Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 when a Chinese ship (code 11209) rammed it from behind, causing it to topple and sink.
The Chinese ship then blocked efforts to save 10 Vietnamese crew members in the water.
The President also paid a visit to the Fisheries Surveillance sub-department Zone 2 and fishing surveillance ship KN-951.
On June 24, the KN-951 was rammed and seriously damaged by two Chinese ships operating in Vietnamese waters.
The zone 2 sub-department said that despite the Chinese aggression with a fleet of coast guard and cargo ships, tugboats and warships, Vietnamese law enforcement forces operated with only 26 ships. This was to communicate the nation's demands that China immediately moves the rig out of Vietnamese waters.
The President will visit Naval Force Zone 3, the Song Thu Shipyard Corporation and Da Nang City's People's Committee today. — VNS