“As Vietnam looks at the issue, Chinese oil survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts have continued seriously violating Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction right in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf,” she said at a news briefing on Thursday. She said Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction over the waters are recognized by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) signed in 1982. Vietnam has made its point about the negative impacts caused by the operation of these vessels to the relations of the two nations as well as the peace and stability in the East Sea. “For all these reasons, Vietnam demands that China immediately stops this activity and remove the vessels,” she said Regarding recent statements by China on Vietnam’s economic activities in Vietnamese waters, she said the nation has consistently affirmed that all of its maritime economic activities, including oil and gas exploitation, are deployed within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf that completely belongs to Vietnam, as defined by the UNCLOS, of which both Vietnam and China are members. Hang emphasized that the UNCLOS was the only legal basis for nations to identify their waters. This has been followed by… Read full this story
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