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China's new fishing regulations rejected

Released at: 10:21, 01/03/2017

China's new fishing regulations rejected

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Such unilateral decisions by China are a serious violation of Vietnam's sovereignty over Paracel Islands, says Foreign Ministry spokesman.

by Long Van

Vietnam resolutely opposes and rejects China’s new regulations on a fishing break at sea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh has said. 

According the Vietnam News Agency, Mr. Binh made the comments on February 28 in response to media queries about the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture’s official announcement on the application of the regulations, which also cover some waters areas belonging to Vietnam. 

He emphasized that Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago as well as legitimate rights over its waters in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 

Such unilateral decisions made by China are a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, as well as her legal rights and interests over her waters, and international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS and relevant international legal documents. It runs counter to the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and makes the East Sea situation continuously complicated and tense, the spokesman said.

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