Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters May 05, 2020 0 142 12345 DPAHanoiA Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea.“The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s action, which has no legal grounding in waters where Vietnam holds sovereignty,” the association said in statement on its website.“Vietnamese fishermen have complete rights to fish in waters under their sovereignty,” it added.China last week announced a ban on fishing in the South China Sea between May 1 and August 16, citing conservation concerns, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.“This regulation has impeded on the sovereignty of Vietnam in the Paracel Islands, Vietnam’s sovereign waters ... and violates international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea([UNCLOS),” VFS said in the statement.The statement asked the Vietnamese government to take a tough stance against China’s unilateral actions in the region and encouraged fishermen to ignore the ban.Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea as its territory, including waters and islands claimed by Vietnam and other nations.The Paracel Islands are claimed by Vietnam but were occupied by China in the aftermath of a 1974 invasion that killed dozens of Vietnamese. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 483 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction DPA Berlin Chinese state media hit back at the US on Monday, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of trying to distract from its own “incompetence” with allegations about the spread of the novel .. Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting DPA Wellington The possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday. At a .. China province launches anti-racism push after outrage AFP Beijing China’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international .. Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown DPA Dhaka Amid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday. The shopping .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and ..