HA NOI — China's ban on fishing in the East Sea has violated Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and further complicated the East Sea situation, according to Viet Nam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga made the statement in response to media questions yesterday regarding China's ban on fishing from 12hrs on May 16 to 12hrs on August 1, 2011. The scheme, which was posted on Hainan province's Haikou Municipal Government website on May 11, covers areas in the East Sea which fall under Viet Nam's sovereignty.
Nga reiterated that, "Viet Nam holds indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos as well as sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over its exclusive economic zones and continental shelves in line with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. China's fishing ban is a direct violation of Vietnamese sovereignty as well as a violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC)."
She said that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry had met with Chinese counter parts in order to protest against China's fishing ban.
A recent patrol by a Chinese fisheries ship in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago territorial waters was a direct violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty over the archipelago, representatives from Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry said.
According to the Zhanjiang portal, the Leizhou 44261 ship will be conducting patrols in Hoang Sa archipelago waters from May 5-25.
During a recent meeting with Chinese officials, Vietnamese representatives complained that patrols would cause difficulties for Vietnamese fishermen working in their traditional fishing grounds and make the overall situation at sea more complicated.
It was also confirmed that the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos were an inseparable part of Vietnamese territory.
All activities conducted in and around the area, without permission from the Vietnamese State, were illegal and worthless, officials said. — VNS