The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reiterated Vietnam's opposition to China's unilateral promulgation of a ban on fishing in the East Sea, which took effect Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi on Tuesday told the press that Vietnam's stance on the ban was demonstrated by his statement on January 20.
He added that Vietnam regards the ban as null and void.
On January 17, a Chinese fisheries website posted the announcement by the ministry saying China will conduct the ban on fishing in the East Sea, including some marine areas of Vietnam, between May 16 and August 1.
On January 20, Nghi told the press the ban violated Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands and its sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
He added that the ban violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and made situation in the East Sea more complicated.
"Vietnam has undisputed sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, and sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea," the spokesman said.
The Vietnam Fisheries Society, on behalf of Vietnamese fishermen, has also voiced its protest against the ban.
The society asked the fishermen to continue fishing to maintain their traditional fisheries and assert the country's sovereignty.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has ordered municipal and provincial authorities to maintain normal fishing activities on Vietnam's territorial waters.
It has instructed fishermen to go fishing in groups in order to receive better assistance and notify relevant authorities of possible incidents in a more timely manner.
The military command of Khanh Hoa Province has established two platoons of marine militiamen stationed in the two communes of Vinh Phuoc and Ninh Thuy. The two communes have the highest numbers of fishing boats that frequent the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands for long fishing trips.