This video clip features an overview of the East Sea tensions that began two months ago when China deployed a giant oil rig into Vietnam's 200-nautical-mile continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Since May 2, 2014, China’s Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig and a large number of escort ships, including naval ships, have illegally occupied Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The rig was positioned about 130 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam.
Chinese ships encircled and intentionally rammed and fired high-pressure water canons at Vietnamese Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance vessels engaged in their maritime management duties.
The fleet's actions injured a number of Fisheries Administration officers, caused losses for Vietnamese law enforcement authorities at sea and even sank a Vietnamese fishing boat.
According to the High Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard, China’s Haiyang Shiyou – 981 oil rig began moving north-northwest toward China’s Hainan island at 21:03 on July 15.
The rig and its fleet of nearly 60 escort ships were moving at a speed of 4-4.2 nautical miles per hour.
At 6:20am on July 16, the ship had moved 41 nautical miles from its previous position, about 163 nautical miles southwest of Hainan island.
Vietnamese Law Enforcement agencies are closely monitoring their movements, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Video credit: VietNamNet