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Vietnamese in New Zealand, Angola protest against China's rig in Vietnam waters
By VNA/Thanh Nien News -
The Vietnamese community in Angola have raised 58,000 USD in their recent protest against China’s illegal deployment of an oil rig in Vietnam’s waters.
The sum will be sent to coast guard and fisheries surveillance forces at home who are safeguarding national sovereignty at sea.
In New Zealand on July 7, a group of people of Vietnamese origin gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Wellington, and marched along Lambton Quay street, and Parliament and Government Houses, raising Vietnam national flag, posters and banners demanding China to withdraw its rig out of Vietnam’s waters immediately.
It was the second demonstration in New Zealand since China dispatched its rig and a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters in early May.
The drilling platform was positioned 80 miles deep into Vietnam’s 200-nautical continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
Despite Vietnam’s protests, China expanded its scale of operation and moved the rig to a new area, still 60 nautical miles deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
China’s armed vessels have aggressively and consistently fired high-power water cannons at and intentionally rammed Vietnamese public-service and civil ships, causing damage to many boats and injuring many people on board.
On July 8, China mobilised an electronic reconnaissance plane to oversee the operation of Vietnamese law enforcement ships. It still kept 106 ships of various kinds around its oil rig, including 46 coast guard, 14 cargo, 27 fishing ships, 14 tugboats, and five military vessels.