The Vietnamese government wary of Chinese boats entering its waters has introduced a new rule allowing coast guard forces to use weapons to chase away foreign vessels entering the country’s waters illegally.
The rule is slated to come into effect on October 20. Vietnamese coast guards can use weapons to chase away foreign boats which encroach on Vietnamese waters and disregard orders by Vietnamese maritime security officers, Thanhnien news reported Thursday.
It said the chase can continue until the foreign boats are completely out of Vietnamese waters.
Vietnam has reported many Chinese boat attacks against local fishermen when they were fishing near the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
The attacks have occurred more often since China deployed a US$1-billion oil rig illegally in Vietnamese waters in May last year. The rig was removed after two months.
Vietnam is interested in buying 14 fast patrol boats for an approximate US $212 million from Indian Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE). “Tomorrow a Vietnamese delegation is coming to see our facility and to discuss on procuring about 14 fast patrol boats for coastal surveillance,” GRSE chairman and managing director Admiral A K Verma said today at MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry during an interactive session with the Ambassador of Vietnam
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Vietnam Navy commissioned two Russian designed and locally made missile corvettes, HQ-379 and HQ-380 into service on Thursday. The corvettes, built locally by Ba Son Shipyard, are armed with 16 Uran-E missiles of 130 km in range, an AK-176M automatic gun, and two AK-630 ship-borne artillery systems, Thanh Nien News reported today
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