7 Chinese nationals face expulsion for illegal stay

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Police in the central province of Khanh Hoa have proposed that seven Chinese people are expelled after finding they had not registered as temporary residents as regulated, a local official said Saturday.

According to Nguyen Khac Toan, secretary of Cam Ranh Town's Party Unit, the Chinese nationals' violation was detected during an investigation into accusations that some foreigners have illegally run aquaculture farms and engaged in seafood trade in Cam Ranh Bay for years.

Local police have also proposed that each of the violators are fined VND15 million (US$720) and banned from entering Vietnam for five years, he said

Media reports had said some Chinese people were operating farms between 200 and 250 meters to the east of the Cam Ranh Military Port.

Toan said local authorities will hold a meeting next week for a detailed review of the case and report it to the provincial People's Committee.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Hoang, deputy secretary of the town's Party Unit, was quoted by the Tuoi Tre newspaper on Saturday as saying that over the past few years, the Chinese have bred fish and shrimps and traded in their produce under the names of Vietnamese people without paying any taxes.

It was "bad" that local authorities have failed to detect the Chinese nationals' activities for many years, he said.

Nguyen Duc Vuong, deputy political commissar of the Navy Command Area 4, told the newspaper that they would assign people to check the Chinese farms.

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According to Tuoi Tre, the Chinese farms are among over 10,000 cages and over 300 hectares of ponds that breed fish and shrimps. Local regulations only allow the production of seaweed and two-shelled crustaceans in the bay.

An official from Cam Ranh Town's economics department said on the condition of anonymity that the town's authorities allowed local people to violate the regulations so they could make use of the waters for aquaculture before the division of the bay's water borders is completed in 2015.

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