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Stopping Vietnam's fishing boats 'lawful'

By Zhang Yunbi (China Daily)

08:13, March 23, 2012

China's recent decision to intercept Vietnamese fishing boats, which were fishing illegally in Chinese territorial waters, is legitimate and lawful, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Recently, more than 100 Vietnamese fishing boats entered the adjacent territorial waters of China's Xisha Islands and started fishing illegally, ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular news conference in Beijing.

On March 4, China's related governing bodies intercepted 21 Vietnamese fishermen and two Vietnamese fishing boats, which entered the internal waters of China's Xisha Islands, undertook illegal operations and did not leave after being warned.

The Xisha Islands have been China's territory since ancient times, and China has indisputable sovereignty to the islands.

The Vietnamese fishermen's fishing piracy in the waters of the Xisha Islands violated China's sovereignty and due maritime rights and interests, Hong said.

"The related governing body's decision to intercept and investigate the vessels and crews is a justified law enforcement activity."

The scale of Vietnamese fishermen's illegal fishing is believed to be considerably large, and Beijing's recent decisions were also based on protecting lawful rights, analysts said.

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HuaQiao at 2012-03-2375.72.239.*
Yep, these mini incident would spiral into a war conflict because Vietnam may already have fording assurance of aides. Viietname population is eXploding to the point where only war can thin it. So, war is coming

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