The Da Nang Border Guard commander-in-chief has said Chinese spy vessels posing as fishing boats entered Vietnam’s territorial waters on several occasions last year.
Colonel Le Van Phuc said at a meeting Friday that China had carried out a series of aggressive actions in the East Sea, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Chinese military and other law enforcement and patrol aircraft harassed Vietnamese fishing boats and obstructed rescue and oil exploration activities in Vietnamese waters, among other things, he said.
The Coast Guard had detected Chinese vessels entering Vietnamese waters on 207 occasions in violation of Vietnamese sovereignty and catching huge quantities of fish, he said.
They had also detected Chinese spy vessels entering on 57 occasions.
On four occasions Chinese military and other law enforcement vessels chased Vietnamese fishing boats away from Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, he said.
A Vietnamese fishing boat was badly damaged after being hit by a Chinese boat in Vietnamese waters on Jan. 1, 2016.