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Fisheries attack new China ban

Update: May, 19/2015 - 09:19
The Viet Nam Fisheries Society (Vinafis) has strongly condemned China's recent renewed ban on fishing in the East Sea, deeming the unilateral action irrational and void. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Fisheries Society (Vinafis) has strongly condemned China's recent renewed ban on fishing in the East Sea, deeming the unilateral action irrational and void.

In a statement sent to the Government Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Foreign Ministry, and Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations, Vinafis said authorities in Haikou city in China's Hainan province had banned all fishing activities in the sea from 12 degrees north to the waters of China's Guangdong province with Fujian province (including the Tonkin Gulf) from noon on May 16 to noon on August 1 this year.

Vinafis said the Chinese action had been repeated for many years, hindering Vietnamese fishing, causing a decline in output and economic damage while violating Viet Nam's sovereign right and jurisdiction over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.

It added that this was against the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Vinafis also requested agencies concerned to devise measures to end the ban as soon as possible and drive away Chinese vessels taking advantage of the ban to conduct illegal fishing and other activities in Viet Nam's waters.

The organisation also asked for the regular presence of law-enforcement vessels in the East Sea to protect fishermen from China's bullying and enable them to make a living. — VNS

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