VietNamNet Bridge – In 2012, the Border Guard Command of Da Nang City discovered 717 Chinese fishing boats encroaching in Vietnam’s waters, according to a report of the Border Guard Command and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Da Nang.
Also, in 2012, the Da Nang Border Guard Command detected the operation of Chinese rocket ships, reconnaissance ships, Chinese fishing administration vessels in the region of Hoang Sa for 53 times.
Notably, from 29/5-16/6/2012, 10-50 vessels held military exercises every day, during this time they took suppression action against Vietnamese fishing vessels; petroleum exploration ships and arrested Vietnamese fishermen in the area of Hoang Sa.
The Da Nang Border Guard Command in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development set up six patrol teams to protect Vietnam’s waters. They chased 50 Chinese fishing vessels off the coast of Vietnam.
They also cooperated with local governments at all levels to educate fishermen of the legal sovereignty of Vietnamese waters and help fishermen in their catching activities.
According to the report, in 2012 two fishing boats of Da Nang with eight fishermen were inspected by Chinese fishing administration ships on July 22. Their fishing tools and assets were also seized by the Chinese ship, worth about VND50 million ($2,500). Chinese officials forced the Vietnamese fishermen fingerprints on blank paper, and then took photos and film before releasing them. It may be the new trick of the Chinese side to create false evidence.