Vietnam has protested and dismissed China’s ban on fishing ban in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, for the next two and a half months.
Le Hai Binh, spokesman for Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told local media Tuesday that the ban violates Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and Vietnam’s legitimate rights and interests over its waters. It also runs counter to the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
“Vietnam resolutely protests and refutes this void decision,” Binh said.
He added that Vietnam has sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence testifying to its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and its legitimate rights over its waters, which are specified in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The fishing ban, which was introduced in 1999, started on May 16 and will last until August 1. Vietnam has never recognized the legality of the ban.