The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday called in a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to deliver a diplomatic note protesting China’s attacks against Vietnamese fishermen in the East Vietnam Sea, the ministry’s spokesman announced the same day.
Since early May 2014, Chinese fishing boats have continuously attacked Vietnamese fishing ships in the Vietnamese waters in the East Vietnam Sea, threatening lives of fishermen and causing heavy damages to their property, the spokesman said, citing reports from Vietnamese concerned agencies.
More seriously, the Chinese side even assaulted Vietnamese fishermen and severely injuring them, the reports said.
Such attacks have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction in the East Vietnam Sea, gone against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), and escalated tension to the sea area, Binh said.
He demanded that China not to repeat similar acts in the future and pay compensation to the affected fishermen.
“Once again, Vietnam demands that China stop inhuman acts that have seriously violated lives, property and legitimate interests of Vietnamese fishermen, respect international law and strictly punish related individuals, not repeat similar actions, and pay satisfactory compensation to the Vietnamese fishermen affected,” the diplomatic note reads.
One of such attacks occurred on May 7 at 16°50’ North latitude and 112°49’ East longitude, about 10 nautical miles from Linh Con Island, part of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracels) archipelago.
In this attack, Chinese vessel #1242 fired its water cannons on a Vietnamese boat, threw hammers, bolts, and bottles to the boat, and destroyed its communication and navigation systems.
Another Chinese ship then rammed the Vietnamese vessel, breaking its right side and cabin windows and caused damage to its property and equipment on board.
Total damaged is estimated at VND890 million (US$41,981).
Another case happened on May 16, when a Vietnamese fishing boat from central Quang Ngai Province, QNg 90205 TS, was suddenly approached by Chinese vessel #306.
Many crewmembers of the Chinese boat got aboard the Vietnamese ship and beat Vietnamese fishermen, causing serious injuries to two of them, Nguyen Huyen Le Anh and Nguyen Tan Hai.
A day later, Chinese vessel #21102 got close to another Vietnamese fishing boat QNg 96011 TS with 13 fishermen on board. The Chinese side then took away many assets and fishing tools worth VND50 million ($2,358) in total.
The attack took place in an area at 15°16’ North latitude and 111°18’ East longitude, about 31 nautical miles from Tri Ton Island of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago.
Most recently, at 4 pm on May 26, Chinese fishing boat #11209 crashed into Vietnamese fishing ship DNa 90152, from the central city of Da Nang, with 10 fishermen on board.
The hard hit sank the local ship, and some Vietnamese fishing boats operating nearby managed to save all the 10 crew members.
The waters where the Vietnamese ship sank is within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf and is the traditional fishing ground of Vietnamese fishermen near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa.