Vietnam protests China over fishing ban on East Sea
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The Chinese agriculture ministry on January 12 issued a notice about this year’s non-fishing season under which China bans fishing activities on the East Sea from May 16 to August 1, 2012.
Foreign ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi (file photo) Photo: mofa.gov.vn
Today morning (Friday), spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luong Thanh Nghi asserted that the fact that China unilaterally banned fishing activities on the East Sea was an act violating Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel (Hoang Sa) islands, sovereignty rights, jurisdictional rights of Vietnam over exclusive economic zones and continental shelf.
It violated the Declaration of Conducts (DOC) and complicated the situation in the East Sea, he added.
Mr. Nghi said the Vietnamese foreign ministry has met with the Chinese side to show its protests.
“Vietnam has indisputable rights over Spratly and Paracel islands, has sovereignty rights, jurisdictional rights over exclusive economic zones and continental shelf under the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea”, Nghi affirmed.