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Vietnam Protests China's S. China Sea Fishing Ban

16 May 2012

Vietnam is protesting China’s fishing ban in parts of the South China Sea that Hanoi claims as its own.Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website late Tuesday that Vietnam considers China’s decision “invalid.” China’s seasonal ban begins Wednesday and is meant to curb overfishing in the South China Sea. But parts of the sea also are claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. The sea has valuable fishing grounds and shipping lanes, and is believed to be rich in oil and gas.—AP