“Over the last several days, the Chinese survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts conducted activities in the Southern area of the East Sea that violated Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf as established in the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea [UNCLOS], to which Vietnam and China are part,” the ministry’s spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement on Friday, using the Vietnamese name of the waters known internationally as the South China Sea. According to Hang, Vietnam has made contacts with China on multiple occasions via different channels, delivered diplomatic note to oppose China’s violations and staunchly demanded that China stop all unlawful activities, withdraw its ships from Vietnamese waters and respect Vietnam’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its waters, which is in the interest of bilateral relations as well as regional stability and peace. Vietnamese authorities at sea have employed a range of of appropriate measures to exercise the country’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in a peaceful and lawful manner for safeguarding Vietnamese waters. Hang also reasserted that it is Vietnam’s consistent position to resolutely and persistently stand against any act infringing upon Vietnam’s sovereignty,… Read full this story
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