Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has demanded
China pay proper compensation for damage a Chinese coast guard ship caused for
some Vietnamese fishermen when they were in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel)
A Vietnamese fishing boat at sea (Photo: VNA)
According to competent Vietnamese
agencies, at 9am of March 6, when a Vietnamese fishing boat coded QNg 90819 TS
with five crew members was anchoring in the vicinity of Da Loi Reef in Vietnam's
Hoang Sa archipelago, a Chinese coast guard ship coded 44101 approached and
fired water cannon to drive it away.
While moving, the Vietnamese boat
crashed into a reef and sank at an area about 0.5 nautical mile to the northwest
of Da Loi Reef at about 10am.
The fishermen held on to the boat’s
prow and went adrift until around 1pm the same day when they were saved by
another Vietnamese fishing boat.
On March 20, the Consular Department
of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry met with representatives of the Chinese
Embassy in Vietnam to present a diplomatic note and protest against the Chinese
ship’s action, which violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago
and threatened life and damaged property and legitimate interests of the
The department requested the Chinese
Embassy to inform the Foreign Ministry and relevant agencies of China about the
incident to strictly deal with the crew members of the abovementioned coast
guard vessel, not let similar actions repeat, and pay proper compensation to the