Vietnamese “Youth Daily” reported on May 28, Vietnam recently accused the Chinese vessels “attacked” Vietnamese fishing boats in waters of Xisha, saying the move was “in violation of international maritime law.” Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi (梁青毅) on evening of 27 said in a statement: “This is a very serious situation, a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty threatening Vietnamese fishermen’s lives and property safety.” Vietnamese Foreign Ministry officials met the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam, and called for diplomatic protest.
It is reported that according to the Vietnamese fishing boat captain Tran Van Trung, the “attack” occurred on the May 20, he and other 15 crew members were surrounded by 18 Chinese vessels in the Paracel Islands water, about 27 sea miles from Quang Ngai Chun County, Vietnam. Report claimed that the incident happened in “The Vietnamese exclusive economic zone”. Chinese vessels constantly dorve Tran to leave the vessel. Tran also claimed that the Chinese army took picture of them.
In response to this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Paracel Islands are China’s inherent territory and there is no controversy. Vietnamese fishing vessels were operating illegally in the China Xisha waters, the Chinese side shall take action which is necessary and justified. China urges Vietnam to take effective measures to strengthen education and management of their fishermen to stop further illegal activities.