Vietnam asks China to release fishermen

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on August 3 seeking the immediate release of 13 Vietnamese fishermen and their boat the Chinese seized in Vietnamese waters in the Paracel archipelago.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said the ministry sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese embassy on August 3 seeking the immediate release of 13 Vietnamese fishermen and their boat seized by the Chinese in Vietnamese waters. (Photo: VietnamPlus)

The ministry spokesman, Le Dung, told the media that the men were seized when they were sheltering from a storm on August 1.

Vietnam has also asked China to soon provide information about their condition, he said.

In related news, on August 4 Quang Ngai Province issued a regulation on financial support for boat owners and fishermen whose vessels are sunk, damaged, detained, or seized by foreign vessels.

Up to VND50 million (US$2,800) would be paid depending on the vessel’s capacity, authorities said.

In late June 12 fishermen from the province's Ly Son Island were seized by the Chinese when they were fishing in the Paracels. The captors later demanded a ransom for their release.

Deputy chairman of the Quang Ngai Province People’s Committee, Truong Ngoc Nhi, said authorities have told the fishermen’s families and local officials not to pay the ransom but wait for a solution through diplomatic channels.

By H. Minh, B. Hang – Translated by Truc Thinh

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