Da Nang's legislature passes resolution to protest China

By Huu Tra, Thanh Nien News

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A China Coast Guard ship on Vietnamese waters. Photo credit: VnExpress A China Coast Guard ship on Vietnamese waters. Photo credit: VnExpress
Legislators in Da Nang City passed a resolution on Thursday that protested China’s violation of Vietnam's sovereign right and jurisdiction in the East Sea by deploying an oil rig into off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago in early May.
The resolution called China’s placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and continental shelf an illegal act.
China also seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdictional rights by mobilizing an armada of military ships, maritime surveillance vessels, fishing boats and aircraft to guard the oil rig, according to the resolution.
These vessels have repeatedly attacked and damaged ships from Vietnam's Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance Force as well as civilian fishing boats.
The resolution noted that these attacks threatened the lives and damaged the property of Vietnamese fishermen working in their customary waters and called the violence a serious violation of law.
The Da Nang City People’s Committee once again confirmed that Hoang Sa is an island district that is administered by Danang.
The body demanded that China immediately cease its encroachment on the lives, health and property of Vietnamese law enforcement forces and fishermen operating in the city's jurisdiction and remove the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig and its protective armada from Vietnamese waters.
It called on Chinese people and lawmakers to demand that the Chinese government to stop actions that violate Vietnamese sovereignty.

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