Fishermen, coast guard, we’re always with you!

                                                  Vietnam coast guard ships and planes

As we all know about the tension on the East Sea, on May 2 China stationed its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 and various ships at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude. The location is 80 nautical miles deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. On May 27, China expanded the rig’s operation by moving it to 15 degrees 33 minutes 22 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 34 minutes 36 seconds east longitude, 25 nautical miles from Tri Ton Island in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago and 23 nautical miles east-northeast from the old location.
This move has violated international and regional commitments as well as the two countries’ agreements and also threatens peace, stability, security, safety and maritime freedom in the East Sea.
Immediately, Vietnam has dispatched fishing boats and fisheries surveillance ships to oppose China forces.
China maintained nearly 120 ships, including 40 coast guard vessels, over 30 cargo ships and tugboats, 35-40 fishing boats and four warships. A Y-8 aircraft was spotted to fly above the rig at a height of 300-500m. China’s fishing boats, backed by two coast guard ships, continued to hinder Vietnamese fisheries surveillance and fishing ships from accessing the rig. They acted more spontaneous, pushing Vietnam’s fishing boats away from the rig about 35-40 nautical miles. The Chinese vessels organised in group, about 7-8 or 9-11 nautical miles from the rig, to aggressively prevent and stand ready to ram against and fire water cannons at the Vietnamese ships. Especially, on May 26 a Chinese vessel has rammed and sunk a Vietnamese fishing boat. This act of China is unacceptable and inhumane.
Dealing with this recent situation, the Party and State are conducting measures to support fishermen and coast guard forces.
The National Assembly on June 9 decided to spend 16 trillion VND (752 million USD) assisting fishermen to build offshore fishing vessels and equipping fisheries surveillance and coast guard forces. The amount will be sourced from the 2013 State and central budget expenditure, according to a resolution adopted in the afternoon session. Earlier, NA deputies approved a resolution on State budget balance for 2012, with 1,038 trillion VND (47.78 billion USD) as total collection and 1,170 trillion VND (around 55 billion USD) as total spending. On the day, the deputies discussed a proposal on the 2015 NA supervision program, focusing on major supervision contents and measures to ensure the progress and efficiency of the program.
Recently, on a trip to Ha Long, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has spoken highly of efforts by the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) in building fisheries surveillance vessels, making a practical contribution to safeguarding the national sea and island sovereignty. He said Vietnam is piloting a project building steel fishing vessels so as to equip fishermen with more modern ships. He asked the SBIC to work closer with authorised agencies and fishermen to create more steel vessels, helping fuel the fishing industry.
We can clearly see that the State and Government has been doing their utmost to support the fishermen and coast guard forces. Despite all difficulties in economy, the limit in national fund… Our Party and Government have spent a huge amount of money to upgrade the ability to develop the economy and defend our territorial sovereignty.
Vietnamese all over the world also show their support with fishermen and coast guard forces by sending money and donation.
Amid tensions with China over the East Sea, when the nation is in danger we can clearly see the power of solidarity of Vietnamese nation.

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All comments [ 10 ]

Lê Tín 12/6/14 19:40

I love you, I love what you're doing, wish you strength and happiness!

Quốc Cường 12/6/14 19:42

Some of Vietnamese fisheries surveillance officers were injured during the continued attacks by some of the nearly 80 Chinese ships. How cruel are they?!

Huy Lâm 12/6/14 19:45

My brother is in coast guard forces, and my dream is to follow him to join this forces and to protect our sea!

Quốc Kiên 12/6/14 19:48

China's ships are using water cannons and ramming into Vietnamese ships, China even uncovered the canvas over their gun emplacements and pointed the guns to threaten Vietnamese ships

Phạm Hiếu 12/6/14 20:01

China's forces are acting like aggressive sea-monsters. I cannot believe in my eyes!

Hùng Quân 12/6/14 20:04

We have to build more stronger and bigger ships for fishermen and coast guard to confront with China's forces. And we have to build them quick.

Vân Nhàn 12/6/14 20:08

Vietnamese all over the world are sending money, donation and support to fishermen and coast guard. the more we give to them, the stronger they will get!

Hoàng Lân 12/6/14 20:10

Since placing its oil rig in the Vietnamese waters on May 1, China has deployed a large number of vessels including militray ships to the area to guard the rig.

Huy Quốc 12/6/14 20:11

Hope this hard time will pass quick! It mess our life up!

Quân Hoàng 12/6/14 20:13

China no longer acting like this anymore, they have to respect our rights and pay back what belongs to us.

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