Members from the Hanoi Federation of Labour gathered at a briefing on July 15 to get updated on the latest developments in the East Sea, following China’s illegal placement of its oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in early May.

Deputy head of the political department of the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command Pham Quang Oanh informed the participants of the developments in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago where Vietnamese law enforcement forces are struggling to safeguard the national sovereignty.

The Colonel said China has brazenly violated international law and incurred a storm of global condemnations.

Chinese vessels have aggressively rammed into, blasted sirens and used high-pressure water cannon against Vietnamese ships.

However, the Vietnamese law enforcement forces have persistently requested China to withdraw it rig from Vietnam’s waters.

In early May, China illegally dispatched the rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters.

On July 15, it maintained 70-75 vessels of various kinds around the rig, according to the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department.-VNA