Vietnam's foreign ministry Wednesday asked Brunei's agencies to clarify the arrest of 11 Vietnamese fishermen, and release them soon.
According to border guards in the central province of Phu Yen, the boat of Do Van Phung together with its crew were detained by Brunei's navy last Saturday. They were fishing about 40 sea miles off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, which belongs to Vietnam's territorial waters.
So far Brunei has confirmed the arrest, Tuoi Tre reported.
In other news, authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai on Wednesday said China has confiscated properties and seafood of a local boat when it was fishing at the waters of Hoang Sa.
Tons of stolen goods were taken and worth an estimated VND200 million ($9,675).
Previously a boat in Ly Son District was also robbed by China with some 3.5 tons of fish and 450 liters of oil worth around VND160 million ($7,740).