BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A team of four China Marine Surveillance ships has arrived at the Nansha Islands to conduct closer observations. It’s all part of their patrol mission in the South China Sea. CCTV’s Fintan Monaghan has more on how the team is protecting China’s territory and marine interests.
Patrolling and conducting surveys in the South China sea, the four China Marine Surveillance ships are here to highlight China’s sovereignty and jurisdiction.
The team recently had an unexpeceted encounter. A Vietnamese ship was trying to pass through Chinese territory at high speed.
Huang Yong, China Marine Surveillance, said, "Vietnamese vessel. This is China Marine Surveillance Ship Number 83. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the laws of China, this area of water belongs to China. Do not interfere with our operations. "
The command ship faced down the intruding vessel, issuing the warning repeatedly in Chinese, English and Vietnamese. The other three Chinese ships supported it by changing formation. Ten minutes later, the Vietnamese ship dropped its speed and turned around.
It’s just one example of the patrol team’s efforts to protect China’s sovereignty in South China sea.
Since setting-off from South China’s coastal city of Sanya, Hainan Province on June 26th, the team has sailed more than 2,000 nautical miles. Their aim is to enforce law and order within China’s territorial waters and prevent harm to the marine environment.
The regular patrol is an important part of the country’s a series of efforts to safeguard its interests in the South China sea. Recently, the government has established a prefecture-level city of Sansha to govern the islands and their surrounding waters. Meanwhile, China is also planning to build an offshore supervision platform, to help with the protection of cultural relics around the nearby Xisha Islands.