China blamed for escalating East Sea tensions

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Military action a remote possibility, but quest for peaceful solutions weakened by Chinese aggression and obfuscation, experts say Traditional bamboo fishing boats on My Khe Beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang. Experts say China's recent actions, including the arrest of 21 Vietnamese fishermen on March 3, have worsened tensions in the East Sea. Photo: AFP … [Read more...]

China blamed for escalating East Sea tensions 

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Military action a remote possibility, but quest for peaceful solutions weakened by Chinese aggression and obfuscation, experts say Traditional bamboo fishing boats on My Khe Beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang. Experts say China’s recent actions, including the arrest of 21 Vietnamese fishermen on March 3, have worsened tensions in the East Sea. China’s plan to publish a map that claims disputed regions and its aggressive actions of late have worsened tensions in the East Sea, also known as the South China Sea. But military actions are unlikely, experts say. On March 27, the South China Morning Post said China will publish a map of the South China Sea this year to “strengthen their claim to the disputed region.” The map is part of a national campaign involving a dozen ministries and the Chinese Communist Party's publicity department to help raise public awareness of the country's territories and safeguard its sovereignty in disputed areas, the … [Read more...]

VN asks China to respect sovereignty

HA NOI — Viet Nam has asked the Chinese side to respect the country's sovereignty and end all practices violating its control over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability on the East Sea. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request yesterday in response to China's recent activities near Viet Nam's Hoang Sa Archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and gas tenders for 19 lots in the northern part of the East Sea, including one only a single nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, the Chinese Guard Ship Fleet No 11 conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. At the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 7, the Deputy Director of the National Administration of Tourism of China (NATC) said his agency was co-operating with the authorities of Hainan … [Read more...]

VN asks China to end sovereignty violations

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Vietnam asks the Chinese side to respect the country’s sovereignty and end all activities violating its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability on the East Sea . Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi. Photo: VNA Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request on March 15 in response to the Chinese side’s recent activities over Vietnam ’s Hoang Sa ( Paracel) archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and gas tenders for 19 lots in the north of the East Sea , including Lot 65/24, about one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 2, the Guard Ship Fleet No. 11 of China conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 7, at the fifth session of the 11 th National Committee of the Chinese People’s … [Read more...]

Vietnam protests China’s activities in Hoang Sa area

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Vietnam requests China to respect its territorial sovereignty and stop all activities that violate Vietnam's sovereignty of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi on March 15. China should stop violating Vietnam's sovereignty: FM spokesman Recently, China continued to carry out activities in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) area, specifically: The China National Offshore Oil Corporation invited bids for 19 lots in the northern East Sea, one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, China's Coast Guard Ship 11 conducted a live ammunition drill on territorial waters belonging to the Hoang Sa Archipelago. At the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 7, the Deputy Director of the National Administration of Tourism of China said his agency was cooperating with the authorities of Hainan province to expand tourist activities on the Hoang Sa … [Read more...]

Vietnam protests China’s activities on Hoang Sa

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Vietnam requests China to respect its territorial sovereignty and stop all activities that violate Vietnam’s sovereignty of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi on March 15. Chinashould stop violating Vietnam’s sovereignty: FM spokesman Recently, China continued to carry out activities at Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, specifically: Chinese Oil Company invited bids for 19 blocks in the northern East Sea, one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, China’s coast guard ship 11 conducted a drill on territorial waters belonging to Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 7, Deputy Head of the China National Tourism Administration talked about cooperation between the administration and Hainan province’s administration in expanding tourism activities at the Hoang Sa Archipelago. The Chinese side also conducted a series of activities in violation of Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Vietnam asks China to end sovereignty violations

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Vietnam asks the Chinese side to respect the country’s sovereignty and end all activities violating its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability on the East Sea. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi. Photo: VNA Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request on March 15 in response to the Chinese side’s recent activities over Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and gas tenders for 19 lots in the north of the East Sea , including Lot 65/24, about one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 2, the Guard Ship Fleet No. 11 of China conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 7, at the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative … [Read more...]

Vietnam affirms sovereignty over archipelagoes

Vietnam affirms its undisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga. Nga made the statement in Hanoi on April 8 while answering reporters’ question on Vietnam’s response to information released by the Xinhua news agency on April 3 that China’s Hainan province defined Dao Cay (Tree Island) in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago, which is called Zhaoshudao in Chinese, as one of the key islands under its preservation, upgrading and building project in 2011. “All foreign activities in these two archipelagoes without Vietnam s permission constitute violations to the country’s sovereignty and have no value”, she stressed. The spokesperson said that Vietnam asks the Chinese side to stop and not to repeat its activities violating Vietnam’s sovereignty. VNA/VOVNews … [Read more...]

Vietnam affirms sovereignty over archipelagoes

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Vietnam affirms its undisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga. Nga made the statement in Hanoi on April 8 while answering reporters' question on Vietnam's response to information released by the Xinhua news agency on April 3 that China's Hainan province defined Dao Cay (Tree Island) in Vietnam's Hoang Sa archipelago, which is called Zhaoshudao in Chinese, as one of the key islands under its preservation, upgrading and building project in 2011. "All foreign activities in these two archipelagoes without Vietnam s permission constitute violations to the country's sovereignty and have no value", she stressed. The spokesperson said that Vietnam asks the Chinese side to stop and not to repeat its activities violating Vietnam's sovereignty. VNA/VOVNews … [Read more...]

Vietnam opposes Chinese boat racing off Hoang Sa islands 

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Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesman Friday condemned China’s recent hosting of boat races to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands as a critical violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, VnExpress reported. According to Luong Thanh Nghi, Hainan Province authorities have organized a sailing boat race from Sanya City to the islands, an action that goes against China’s commitments to refrain from actions that complicate the East Sea situation. “Vietnam strongly opposes the action, and demands China immediately stop the action, comply with the 2002 Declaration of Conduct, and make practical contributions to maintaining the peace and stability on the East Sea,” he stressed. Earlier, on March 15, Nghi also asked China to stop violating Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Islands after the latter began initiating business plans on and around the islands. Among the opposed projects were boat races scheduled for March 28 and Hainan’s plans to develop tourism … [Read more...]

Hanoi says will persistently protect sovereignty over East Vietnam Sea amid Beijing escalation

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Hanoi has expressed its resolution and perseverance in safeguarding the territorial sovereignty derived from its legitimate rights and interests over the East Vietnam Sea. Vietnam will resolutely and persistently protect its authority and legitimate rights and interests in the sea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated at a regular press conference in the capital on Thursday. In response to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter’s question about whether Hanoi would apply more assertive measures to deal with Beijing’s recent actions escalating the situation in the East Vietnam Sea, Spokesperson Binh said that Vietnam, as a nation directly involved in the sea disputes, would always support an amicable settlement as per the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). "Vietnam will defend its sovereignty, rights and interests with peaceful measures, in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations," he … [Read more...]

Vietnam resolute to protect sovereignty in East Sea

The Saigon Times Daily Asked about Vietnam’s steps to respond to China’s continued moves that escalate tension in the East Sea, Binh said the consistent stance of Vietnam has so far contributed to maintaining peace in the region and been hailed by the international community. Binh said that as a country involved in disputes in the East Sea, Vietnam consistently backs the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). As for Philippine news reports that China had sent as many as seven ships to Hai Sam (Jackson) atoll belonging to Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands to prevent fishermen from accessing the fishing grounds, Binh said Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Spratly archipelagos. Therefore, all activities in the area without Vietnam’s permission are unlawful. Vietnam calls on relevant sides to take responsible … [Read more...]

Vietnam seriously abides by UNSC’s relevant resolutions

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PANO – "Vietnam has a consistent stance on supporting peace, stability, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons." Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh made the statement at a regular press meeting in Hanoi on March 3rd, in response to reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s stance on the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s adoption of a resolution imposing sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 2nd. Binh said that Vietnam wants all concerned parties to actively promote dialogues to seek peaceful measures for problems regarding the Korean peninsula, making contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world. The spokesman added: "As a responsible member of the international community, Vietnam has been and does seriously abide by the UNSC’s relevant resolutions". Also at the meeting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh answered … [Read more...]

VN resolutely protects national sovereignty

VGP – Viet Nam will resolutely and persistently safeguard its sovereignty as well as legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law and the United Nations Charter. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh was speaking at a regular press conference on March 3 while replying reporters’ question about Vietnam’s next steps in response to China’s continuation of moves causing tensions in the East Sea. The above-mentioned stance of Viet Nam has so far contributed to maintaining peace in the region and been welcomed by the international community, he said. "As a country directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Viet Nam’s unwavering position is supporting the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)", Binh noted. Reporters raised a question about the China National Offshore Oil Corporation … [Read more...]

Vietnam persists in peaceful protection of marine sovereignty

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Vietnam will resolutely and persistently protect its sovereignty as well as legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law and the United Nations Charter, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said. At the regular press conference on March 3, he went on to say that the above-mentioned stance of Vietnam has so far contributed to maintaining peace in the region and been welcomed by the international community. He made the remarks while answering reporters’ question about Vietnam’s next steps in response to China’s continuation of moves causing tensions in the East Sea. "As a country directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Vietnam’s consistent position is supporting the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea", Binh noted. At the conference, reporters raised a question about the China National … [Read more...]

VN supports nuclear disarmament in N Korea

HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh yesterday reaffirmed Viet Nam's position in support of peace, stability and nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula. He made the statement when answering reporters' questions about Viet Nam's response to the United Nations Security Council's new resolution that imposed sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). "Viet Nam wishes that all parties involved will work hard together and engage in dialogues to find a peaceful resolution for the situation on the Korean peninsula in order to make contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world," he said at the ministry's regular press conference. "As an active and responsible member of the international community, Viet Nam has been and will strictly comply with all resolutions of the United Nations Security Council," he said. Asked whether Viet Nam should have stronger measures regarding China's continuous provocation in … [Read more...]

Vietnam resolutely protects national sovereignty

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Vietnam will resolutely and persistently safeguard its sovereignty as well as legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law and the United Nations Charter. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh was speaking at a regular press conference on March 3 while replying reporters’ question about Vietnam’s next steps in response to China’s continuation of moves causing tensions in the East Sea. The above-mentioned stance of Vietnam has so far contributed to maintaining peace in the region and been welcomed by the international community, he said. "As a country directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Vietnam’s unwavering position is supporting the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)", Binh noted. Reporters raised a question about the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)’s … [Read more...]

Vietnam reiterates peaceful measures to settle East Sea disputes

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Protesters hold placards as they join in a protest rally to denounce China's military buildup in the South China Sea, in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati city, metro Manila February 25, 2016. Photo credit: Reuters Vietnam will resolutely and persistently protect its sovereignty as well as legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea through peaceful measures, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said in a press briefing Thursday. Binh was replying to reporters’ questions about whether Vietnam would take stronger measures, such as legal actions, to counter China’s aggression that escalated tensions in the East Sea. "As a country directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Vietnam’s consistent stance is supporting the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea", Binh added. When asked to comment on China National Offshore Oil Corporation … [Read more...]

Vietnam persists in peaceful protection of marine sovereignty: Spokesman

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh

Vietnam will resolutely and persistently protect its sovereignty as well as legitimate rights and interests in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law and the United Nations Charter, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said. At the regular press conference on March 3, he went on to say that the above-mentioned stance of Vietnam has so far contributed to maintaining peace in the region and been welcomed by the international community. He made the remarks while answering reporters’ question about Vietnam’s next steps in response to China’s continuation of moves causing tensions in the East Sea. "As a country directly involved in disputes in the East Sea, Vietnam’s consistent position is supporting the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means, in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea", Binh noted. At the conference, reporters raised a question about the China National … [Read more...]

Vietnam capable of building oil rigs larger than China’s Haiyang 981

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VietNamNet Bridge - Building large oil rigs is within Vietnam’s reach, according to Pham Tien Dung, general director of PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Services Corporation (PV Drilling). ' Thanh Nien newspaper has quoted Dung as saying that PV Drilling began building the first oil rig in 2002, and put it into operation in 2007. Since then, the oil rig has been operating well, finding oil in most of wells. Vietnam is now capable of building large oil rigs, even larger than the China’s Haiyang 981 which China deployed on Vietnamese territorial waters in May 2014, according to Dung. Haiyang 982 is described as stronger and more modern than existing oil rigs, which allows it to operate well in the severe conditions of the East Sea. VnExpress quoted sources as reporting that China began building Haiyang 982 on July 1 at a shipyard in Dailan. The building is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 when it will be transferred to China National Offshore Oil … [Read more...]