Two Vietnamese fishing boats were illegally driven from the waters off Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago by Chinese marine surveillance ships on Wednesday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The Vietnamese boats with the license plates QNg 96417TS and QNg 96382TS were fishing when they were chased away by two Chinese ships at around 10 a.m., the news report quoted the Chinese-owned Xinhua News Agency as saying.
The Chinese ships were part of a China Marine Surveillance fleet that has been illegally patrolling the waters around the Vietnamese archipelago.
Xinhua reported that the fleet is comprised of three ships and one helicopter.
Earlier on March 7, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry's spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi raised objections to China's recent patrolling of the East Sea, including Vietnam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos.
Every activity that takes place in the islands' waters without Vietnam's consent violates its sovereignty, Nghi said at a press conference that same day.
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