US voices concern about China’s interference in Vietnam’s oil and gas activities
The United States Department of State said on August
22 that it is deeply concerned about China’s interference in Vietnam’s
longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
A Vietnam Coast Guard ship is on mission around the
DK1/15 oil rig.
The department expressed the concern after China’s
survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 returned to Vietnam’s exclusive economic
In its announcement, the department stressed China’s
action called to serious question Beijing’s commitment to peaceful
resolution of maritime disputes.
China’s redeployment of a government-owned survey
vessel, together with armed escorts, into Vietnam’s waters on August 13 was
“escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of
developing resources in the East Sea”.
Earlier the same day, Vietnam also demanded China to
immediately withdraw all vessels from Vietnam’s EEZ and not have actions to
increase tensions, complicate the situation, and threaten peace, stability
and security in the East Sea and the region.
“Over the past days, China’s survey vessel group
Haiyang Dizhi 8 returned and continued their serious infringements of
Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf determined by
regulations of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),”
Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press
conference on August 22.
She informed that Vietnam’s competent forces at sea
have continued to enforce and protect Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign
right, and jurisdiction in accordance with international law and the
“With the determination to safeguard the country’s
legitimate rights and interests and contribute to regional and international
peace, stability and security, Vietnam is always willing to settle disputes
via peaceful measures in line with international law,” the spokesperson
Vietnam called on all relevant countries and the
international community to make active and practical contributions to the
maintenance of order, peace, and security in the region, as well as
security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, while respecting
the principle of the rule of law in the East Sea in conformity with
international law, especially the UNCLOS, Hang added.-VNA