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Vietnam refutes China’s new fishing regulations

Updated at Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017, 14:26
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam resolutely opposes and rejects China’s new regulations on a fishing break at sea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh has stated.
Binh made the statement on February 28 in reply to reporters’ queries about the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture’s official announcement on the application of the regulations, which also cover some waters areas of Vietnam. 
 
Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh
Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh
"Vietnam has sufficient legal ground and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over 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)," he said.

Such unilateral decision made by China is 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 goes against 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 official added.
Translated by Anh Kiet
(Source: Lan Huong - Kinhtedothi.vn)
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