China continued its aggressive acts at the area where its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 is illegally deployed in Vietnamese waters to prevent Vietnamese law enforcement vessels from approaching the rig.
China still maintained around 120 ships of all kinds, including five military ships at the site. A Chinese airplane coded CMS-B-3808 was seen circling many times at very low altitude over Vietnamese law executive vessels.
Whenever Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels came near the rig, Chinese ships simultaneously blasted sirens, sped up and came very close to block their way.
Chinese fishing ships, supported by two coast guard ships, moved around the traditional fishing grounds of Vietnamese fishermen and tried to drive Vietnamese fishing boats away.
However, Vietnamese fishing boats, with the assistance from fisheries surveillance vessels, continued to stay at the site to fish.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessels braved the Chinese side’s aggressive acts to try to come to 10-11.5 miles from the oil rig site and continued to carry out their mission of demanding China to withdraw the oil rig and ships from Vietnam’s waters.
At the beginning of May 2014, China illegally dispatched the rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters and positioned the rig 80 miles deep into Vietnam’s 200-nautical continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Despite Vietnam’s protests, China expanded its scale of operation and moved the rig to a new area, 60 nautical miles deep inside Vietnam’s waters.
China ’s armed vessels have aggressively and consistently fired high-power water cannons at and intentionally rammed Vietnamese public-service and civil ships, causing damage to many boats and injuring many people on board.
On May 26, a Chinese ship even sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel while it was operating normally in its traditional fishing ground near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.