31st Sea Games - Vietnam 2021 Covid-19 Pandemic
Home / Defend the sovereignty
Vietnam rejects China's unilateral fishing ban
Linh Pham 18:47, 2020/05/08
On May 4, the Vietnam Fishing Society protested the ban that it called absurd.

Vietnam has refuted the fishing ban that China has unilaterally imposed from May to mid-August in the South China Sea.

Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Baoquocte 

“Vietnam rejects China's unilateral decision. In the current international and regional situation , Vietnam demands China not complicate the situation in the East Sea," Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang of the Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, referring to the East Sea as the internationally-known South China Sea.

Early this month, the China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced a three-and-a-half-month ban on waters covering China’s Fujian and Guangdong provinces, which includes Vietnam’s Paracel Islands, parts of the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Scarborough Shoal, formerly administered by the Philippines.

“Vietnam has sufficient legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands that are in line with international law. Vietnam, as a coastal country and member of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), has sovereignty rights and jurisdiction rights over its waters that are stipulated in and allowed by the Convention,” Hang stated.

On May 4, the Vietnam Fishing Society protested the ban that it called absurd, calling for increasing sea patrols to protect local fishermen in Vietnam’s territorial waters.

Manila also protested the ban, saying China has no right and moral ascendancy to declare a fishing ban in the area, Filipino authorities said. Beijing threatened to “arrest illegal fishers from Vietnam and the Philippines,” Businessmirror reported.

The fishing ban covers an area that is “flagrantly beyond China’s lawful jurisdiction and deep within its neighbors’ exclusive economic zones,” RFI cited Hunter Stires, a fellow with the U.S. Naval War College’s John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research.

TAG: fishing ban reject protest Beijing complicate South China Sea spokesperson sovereignty jurisdiction patrol
Other news
22:33, 2022/33/17
“Dien Bien Phu in the air” – the depiction of faith and resolution to victory
The victory inspired the Vietnamese to achieve complete independence and unification.
20:38, 2022/38/10
Militia competition 2022 opens in Hanoi
The two-day event will select outstanding individuals and organizations for further training in the army.
18:12, 2022/12/27
World Meteorological Organization removes Nine-dash line after Vietnam’s protest
The United Nations’ specialized agency removed Beijing’s so-called map shortly after flows of protests made by Vietnamese officials and netizens, including many from Hanoi.
14:52, 2022/52/03
Vietnam calls for restraint on Taiwan Strait
Hanoi said Vietnam adheres firmly to the “One-China Principle.”
21:37, 2022/37/13
Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group operates in South China Sea
The carrier strike group is executing flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training with surface and air units while in the region.
16:38, 2022/38/26
India naval ships visit Vietnam
During Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Hanoi from June 8 to 10, Vietnam and India released a joint vision statement on defense cooperation towards 2030.