Vietnam protests China's fishing ban in East Sea

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Vietnamese foreign ministry met with Chinese officials to voice their opposition to China's ban on fishing in the East Sea, ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga said Friday.


The ban violates Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), Nga said.


She described the move as adding further complications to the East Sea situation.


The spokesperson made the statement following questions from Vietnamese media about the China's plan to impose a non-fishing season in the East Sea from May 16 to August 1, 2011.


The enforcement plan, which was posted on Hainan province's Haikou Municipal Government website on May 11, includes areas that fall within Vietnam's territorial waters. 

"Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos and jurisdiction rights over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in line with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea," Nga reiterated.

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