The Peace Committee and the Peace and Development Foundation of Ho Chi Minh City on May 14 strongly raised their voices against China for its illegal positioning an oil rig in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
The organisations said China’s placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 rig and deployment of many armed vessels and jets in Vietnam’s waters violates seriously Vietnam’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the country’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
They further said the act also works against the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, high-ranking agreements between Vietnam and China, and the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Besides, the act has complicated the situation in the East Sea, causing instability in the region and negatively impacting the friendship between Vietnam and China, the organisations added.
From early May, China illegally placed the rig inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
China has to date sent a large number of vessels of various kinds to the area, including military, coast guard, marine surveillance, marine patrol and fishing ships.
Chinese forces rammed and fired water cannons into Vietnamese coast guard ships during their law enforcement missions in the country’s waters, leaving many Vietnamese ships damaged and nine fisheries surveillance officers injured.