Vietnam says 717 Chinese vessels entered its waters in 2012

2013-04-02 03:16:21 GMT2013-04-02 11:16:21(Beijing Time)

The Border Guard Command of Da Nang City in Vietnam said it discovered 717 Chinese fishing boats "encroaching in Vietnam’s waters" in 2012, according to a report posted on Vietamnet on March 31.

Also, in 2012, the Da Nang Border Guard Command "detected the operation of Chinese rocket ships, reconnaissance ships, Chinese fishing administration vessels in the region of Hoang Sa for 53 times".

Notably, from 29/5-16/6/2012, 10-50 vessels held military exercises every day, during this time they took “suppression action” against Vietnamese fishing vessels; petroleum exploration ships and arrested Vietnamese fishermen.

The Da Nang Border Guard Command in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development set up six patrol teams to protect Vietnam’s waters. They chased 50 Chinese fishing vessels off the coast of Vietnam.

According to the report, in 2012 two fishing boats of Da Nang with eight fishermen were inspected by Chinese fishing administration ships on July 22. Their fishing tools and assets were also seized by the Chinese ship, worth about VND50 million ($2,500). The report also claims that Chinese officials took photos and film before releasing them.


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