|Viet Nam has requested China to seriously investigate the recent acts of chasing and damaging two Vietnamese fishing vessels in Viet Nam's waters by several Chinese ships.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam has requested China to seriously investigate the recent acts of chasing and damaging two Vietnamese fishing vessels in Viet Nam's waters by several Chinese ships.
The request was forwarded by a representative from the Consular Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs after handing over a diplomatic note to a representative from the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi during their meeting on Monday.
According to the Consular Department, since the start of 2014, some Vietnamese fishing vessels have been prevented, chased, and damaged by Chinese ships while they were fishing in the traditional fishing grounds around Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.
At 2:00 p.m., on January 7, fishing ship QNg 90055 TS of the central Quang Ngai province with seven fishermen on board was chased by a Chinese vessel coded 1239. Assets on the ship QNg 90055 TS were damaged by the Chinese side.
On March 1, another ship of the Quang Ngai province, QNg 96074 TS, with 12 fishermen on board, was stopped by a Chinese fishery administration ship, Yu Zheng 02. Some of its assets were confiscated by the Chinese side.
"These actions by Chinese competent forces violated Viet Nam's sovereignty as well as sovereign and jurisdiction rights in the East Sea, intruded on property, and infringed upon the legitimate interests of Vietnamese fishermen," stated the note.
These actions were contrary to the common perception shared by the two countries' senior leaders on the humanitarian treatment of fishermen, it declared.
According to the Vietnamese representative, the Chinese side was requested to make satisfactory compensation to the Vietnamese fishermen on these vessels and ensure that such actions were not repeated in the future. — VNS