• Live
    • Audio Only
  • google plus
  • facebook
  • twitter
News > World

Tensions Renew Between Vietnam and China over South China Sea

  • Aerial photo shows Thitu Island, part of the disputed territory in South China Sea

    Aerial photo shows Thitu Island, part of the disputed territory in South China Sea | Photo: AFP

Published 18 May 2015

Vietnam said it will not respect a fishing ban imposed by China in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Tensions sparked once again Sunday after Vietnam refused to abide by China's fishing ban on the disputed maritime area.

Since 1999, China has imposed an annual fishing ban to promote and maintain the fishing industry, however, Hanoi believes the ban violates international law and its sovereignty over the South China Sea. The area is being disputed as territorial water by several countries, including the Philippines and Taiwan.

RELATED: Australia Denies US Bomber Deployment

China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met with his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh later on Sunday and reassured both countries have “the wisdom and capability to achieve success in tackling maritime issues.”

Tensions in the region are high after the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter requested options to “assert freedom of navigation” last week by sending aircraft and warships within 12 nautical miles of a series of Chinese-made artificial islands in the South China Sea, prompting Beijing to flag "serious concerns.”

The Chinese President Xi Jinping met with United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in Beijing, and discussed the rising territorial disputes over the South China Sea.

The Chinese head of state vowed for an increase in dialogue between both countries, highlighting their bilateral ties.

The United States has decisively backed Japan and other regional allies in an effort to reduce China's influence in the Pacific. The Japanese government has launched joined military exercises with the Vietnamese and the Philippines, raising risks of a regional conflict.

Tokio and Beijing also hold a territorial row over a group of islands, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China.

Vietnam does not just reject this fishing ban, she rejects the Chinese territorial expansionist aggressions throughout the South China Sea where millions of fishermen make their living and China wants to own 90%.
Post with no popular comments.