Vietnamese fishermen will defy again Chinese imperialistic fishing ban at their own perils

China has just renewed its annual imperial decree of fishing ban in the whole South China Sea (Eastern Sea) that China claims to own 80% of the water. This illegal and imperialistic decree has been violating the sovereignty of Vietnamese territorial water and its EEZ (exclusive economic zone.)

Illustration of the allocation of exclusive economic zones based on UNCLOS. Continental shelves are allocated based on similar principles. China’s claim is shown for contrast. The 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of the Paracels, Spratlys and Scarborough Shoal are excluded from this allocation, pending a settlement of the sovereignty disputes over these features

For instance, China forcefully evicted South Vietnamese forces from Paracels in 1974, which has been under Vietnamese jurisdiction and administration since 17th century and Vietnamese fishermen have been fishing for generations. However, China has refused to negotiate the disputed area with Vietnam. Vietnamese fishermen have been harassed, brutalized, stolen, kidnapped and killed by the China Marine Surveillance force since 1999.  

Vietnamese government protested the seasonal ban, which runs from May 16 to August 1.“Vietnam opposes this unilateral decision by China and views it as an invalid one,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in a statement posted online Tuesday.

Earlier, on January 20, spokesperson for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luong Thanh Nghi asserted that the fact that China unilaterally banned fishing activities in the East Sea was an act in violation of Vietnamese sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands, as well its sovereignty rights and jurisdictional rights over exclusive economic zones and the continental shelf.

With such an act, China has violated the Declaration of Conducts (DOC) and complicated the situation in the East Sea, Nghi said.

“Vietnam has indisputable rights over the Spratly (Truong Sa) and Paracel slands, and has sovereignty and jurisdictional rights over exclusive economic zones and the continental shelf under the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea,” he added.

However, Vietnam navy is too weak to dare to send ships to protect its citizens at sea. These men have to make a living for their family and thus risk their lives every time they are at sea. They will defy the illegal ban again at their own perils, but they have no other choice. Therefore, they are at the mercy of the Chinese Navy. The Vietnamese government still has the obligations to protect its citizens by sending its navy ships to protect its territorial water with whatever means at their disposal. Hiding away from the mighty Chinese navy is cowardice and irresponsible to let its citizens to get harmed by Chinese navy.

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One Response to Vietnamese fishermen will defy again Chinese imperialistic fishing ban at their own perils

  1. Hoa Minh Truong says:

    In record, Vietcong regime has done nothing to protect the people, actually the fishermen in Vietnam sea. That shows this government lost the independent, indeed the most central communist party members became” the China top officials, but Vietnamese background”, they serve only for Beijing interest.
    In the passage of time, there were so many killing, robbing and using the victim for blackmail by China navy, a legal pirate force in the sea, but it approves by Vietnam government. Unfortunately, Vietcong regime kept quiet as stone, sometimes they reacted smoothly by the foreign announcement, of course they don’t want the China master upset.
    The Vietnam communist party respects the Marxism-Leninist principles: no family, no religion and no country. So they have nothing to protect, except the communist party and obedience the great master. The homeless people have no house to protect, like Vietcong has no country, so what do they protect for?.
    After its great master China declares to ban to fishing boat in region, including Vietnam, Vietcong regime just reacts as routine by the verbal reaction, it doesn’t work. If they want to protect people, why don’t they have no using the navy to patrol the own sea?.
    In 1974, The Vietnam Republic Navy clashed with China to protect the homeland, but today, it called” the people hero army” has done nothing, they fear and respect the great master.
    Hoa Minh Truong

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