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Action against fisherman was 'legitimate'

Updated: 2013-03-27 07:16
By Zhang Yunbi ( China Daily)

Action against fisherman was 'legitimate'

The action taken by Chinese authorities regarding a Vietnamese boat illegally fishing last week in the waters off China's Xisha Islands in the South China Sea was "necessary and legitimate", Beijing said on Tuesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Xisha Islands and their adjacent waters, and the Vietnamese fishing boat entered the waters for "illegal fishing operations".

"According to confirmation by relevant parties, no harm was done to the Vietnamese ship at that time and place," Hong said.

Action against fisherman was 'legitimate'

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