|During the day, China maintained 110-118 ships, including five military ships, around the rig. — Photo nld
HA NOI (VNS) — Three Chinese aircraft were seen flying over the illegally stationed Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 yesterday, the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Force reported.
Vietnam News Agency reporters on board fisheries surveillance ships at the site said that at 2:15pm they saw a Chinese reconnaissance plane (CMS B3536 ) fly over the Vietnamese vessels at a height of just 100m above the water surface.
The reporters also saw two Chinese minesweepers about 18.5 miles from the rig's current location in Vietnamese waters.
During the day, China maintained 110-118 ships, including five military ships, around the rig. Chinese coast guard ships and tugboats came as close as 20-50m from Vietnamese ships in an apparent attempt to intimidate the latter and keep them at a distance of 10-12 nautical miles from the rig.
Besides this, Vietnamese boats were prevented from entering their traditional fishing grounds near the rig's current position by a line of Chinese fishing ships escorted by coast guard ship 46102, the reporters said. — VNS