Vietnam strongly condemns inhumane actions against its fishermen fishing legally in the country’s waters in the East Vietnam Sea, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said at a regular press briefing on Thursday.
Binh replied to questions about Vietnam’s response to the information that a Chinese vessel attacked a Vietnamese fishing boat and took away the assets and fish on board when the latter was fishing in the waters of the Southeast Asian country’s Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) archipelago, off the central coast, last week.
Vietnamese competent agencies are verifying the information, which was reported to central Quang Ngai Province’s Ly Son Island border guard station, Binh said.
The attack occurred at 8:00 am on August 15 when fishing boat QNg96697 TS with 13 fishermen aboard was catching fish off Cay Dua Island, part of Hoang Sa, the boat owner Le Khoi told the border guard station on August 17.
At that time, Chinese vessel #46101 approached the fishing boat, and then launched two speedboats with 17 people on board to get close to the Vietnamese boat, Khoi said.
These Chinese got on the fishing boat, threatened the crew members, and used hammers and cudgels to smash all the glass windows, destroy three basket boats, and cut off all the air hoses, according to the Vietnamese fisherman.
They took away a positioning machine, two Icoms, two fish finders, 3,000 liters of oil, and four metric tons of tuna, he said.
Yesterday, when asked about Vietnam’s reaction to China’s live ammunition drills in the East Vietnam Sea from August 20 to September 3, Binh said his country hopes that China, as a member of the UN Security Council, will make responsible contributions to maintaining peace in the region and the world.