Vietnam demands China to end violations in the East Sea

Update: 13:43 | 21/07/2019
The response of Foreign Ministry's Spokeperson on July 19th followed a statement by Chinese's counterpart on the 17th regarding developments in the East Sea.
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Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs's Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

According to Vietnam Foreign Ministry's Spokeperson Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam has demanded China to immediately end violations and withdraw all vessels from her waters, respect her sovereign right and jurisdiction, for the sake of the bilateral relations and for peace and stability in the region.

The Spokeperson said Chinese geological survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 has recently violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the south of the East Sea which fully belongs to Vietnam in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), to which both Vietnam and China are members.

Vietnam has contacted the Chinese side for many times via different channels, handed over diplomatic notes to protest the violations, she said, adding that Vietnam’s authorities at sea continue adopting proper measures to enforce sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction in a peaceful manner and in line with international law to protect the country’s waters.

As confirmed by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson on July 16th, Vietnam’s consistent stance is to resolutely struggle with peaceful measures in line with international law and the 1982 UNCLOS against any violation of its sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction over the seas defined in line with the 1982 UNCLOS, she said.

The official added that maintaining order, peace and security in the East Sea is a common interest of countries in and outside the region as well as the international community. Therefore, Vietnam wants countries concerned and the international community to protect and maintain such joint interest.

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