Vietnamese in Canada look toward the 
homeland's sea and islands (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese communities in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada have donated CAD10,000 to Vietnamese coast guard and fishery surveillance forces and fishermen who are protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty right and jurisdiction in its continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

The donation was made during talks on the latest developments in the East Sea briefed by Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada To Anh Dung in Ottawa and Consul General in Vancouver Tran Quang Dung on July 5.

Since the beginning of May 2014, China has illegally dispatched the Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters.

China’s armed vessels aggressively fired high-power water cannons at and intentionally rammed against Vietnamese public-service and civil ships, causing damage to many boats and injuring many people on board.

Chinese ships have continuously encircled, constrained and driven away Vietnamese fishing boats and even injured Vietnamese fishermen, threatening their lives.

On May 26, Chinese ship 11209 sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel while it was operating normally in its traditional fishing ground near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

On July 3, China detained Vietnamese fishing boat QNg 94912 TS with six fishermen on board while they were normally operating in the traditional fishing ground in Hoang Sa (Paracel) island.

Ambassador To Anh Dung also updated Vietnamese community with Vietnam’s response to China’s aggressive acts. Some said that they are supportive of firm and cautious stance by the Vietnamese state and government in the fight.

In Vancouver, Consul General Tran Quang Dung told participants that Vietnam advocates settling the dispute by peaceful and legal means.

Similar events will be held in Montreal and Toronto soon./.