The current patrol of a Chinese fisheries administration ship in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago territorial waters was a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago, representatives of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry have said.

According to the Zhanjiang portal, Leizhou 44261 ship conducts patrol on the Hoang Sa archipelago waters from May 5-25.

In a recent meeting with the Chinese side on the issue, the representatives also said the patrol was causing difficulties for normal fishing activities conducted by Vietnamese fishermen in their traditional fishing ground and making the situation at sea more complicated.

They also confirmed that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos were an inseparable part of Vietnam’s territory.

All unilateral activities of parties in the area without the Vietnamese State’s permission were illegitimate and worthless, they said./.