|The damage caused by a Chinese ship after ramming a Vietnamese vessel. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — A large number of Chinese ships are maintaining a violent attitude around the oil rig illegally placed in Viet Nam's waters.
They continue to ram Vietnamese vessels and fire water cannons at Vietnamese law enforcement ships, according to reports from Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Department.
The department told the media yesterday that China maintained 35-40 coast guard vessels, about 30 cargo ships and tugboats, 40-45 fishing vessels and four military ships at the site, along with a renaissance aircraft.
It said Chinese vessels kept hindering Viet Nam's surveillance ships, driving them about seven to nine nautical miles away from the rig.
However, Vietnamese law enforcement vessels refuse to withdraw and have asked China to immediately withdraw the rig from Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Meanwhile, the department said Vietnamese fishermen continued to fish in their traditional fishing grounds about 20 to 25 nautical miles southwest of the rig, despite aggressive attacks from about 30 Chinese fishing vessels and two coast-guard vessels.
At the beginning of May, China illegally sent oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 and a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Viet Nam's waters.
Chinese ships have continuously encircled, constrained and driven off Vietnamese fishing boats, injured Vietnamese fishermen, and sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat. — VNS