Calm and sobriety – key factors for sovereignty defence and territorial integrity

13/05/2014
The case of setting up the drilling rig HD- 981 conducted by China in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam “has seriously violated the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Paracels, the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam as well as seriously violated the agreement between the two leaders, the spirit of the DOC and relevant provisions of international law” which made our people extremely urgent and the international community discontented. Many politicians, scientists in Vietnam and around the world including a number of Chinese scientists and people all oppose this wrongdoing.
Many people said on some social networking sites that in order to to protect our sovereignty and territory, Vietnam must promote the strength of the entire population. To do this, Vietnam should follow the door of democracy, get rid of the dependence on “ideology” and renounce friendly relations with China at the same time base on the developed Western countries as some countries elsewhere in the world and in the region have done.
There is no denying that most of the comments above were originated from the indignation at the China’s flagrant violation of Vietnam's sovereignty. People desire a fundamental, long-term and effective solution to prevent and repel ambition monopolize the East Sea from China. However, in order to protect national independence and sovereignty, if Vietnam must “transform” the current social system to establish another regimes of “political pluralism and opposition multi-party”, abandon the friendship between the two peoples, two parties that seniors and people of the two countries had fought nurture?
Vietnam's history in the twentieth century has proved that in the struggle against colonialism, imperialism and wars for national defense under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam on the basis of promoting strength of national unity, our people completely liberated country, unified our country and firmly safeguard national independence, sovereignty and national territory. In recent years, Vietnam Communist  Party has firmly maintained the policy of “promoting vigorously synergy of whole nation and whole political system... firmly safeguarding the independence, sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity; sovereignty over sea and islands… do not let be on defensive in every situation. Continuously expand international cooperation in the field of defense and security”. In the case of setting up the drilling oil rig conducted by China in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam, international opinion has voiced in support of Vietnam to protect our sovereignty and condemned brazen act of China.
In relations with Chinese Communist Party and Chinese people, Vietnam always complies with steadfast opinions that respect, protect and develop the friendly traditional relations between the two parties and two peoples. Regarding the dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea, the two Parties and the States also agree  the settlement under “Agreement of guiding principles to solve the problems at sea” by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Hu Jintao signed in the visit to China paid by Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong in October, 2011. The instrument of Vietnam shows: " Take the local university as important bilateral relationship derived from high level and global strategy under the direction of the motto “Friendly neighborhood, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability and future orientations” and the spirit of “good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners” to resolve the dispute over sovereignty between the two countries. At the same time, “in the spirit of fully respecting of legal evidence and considering other relevant factors such as history... with a constructive attitude; trying to expand common perceptions, narrow differences and continuously impulse the negotiating process. Pursuant to the legal regime and principles defined by international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea” to find basic and long- term solutions to the issues in the South China Sea dispute.
Unfortunately, the recently actions conducted by China has seriously violated the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam over exclusive economic zone and continental shelf as well as in violation of relevant provisions of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, contrary to the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. Behavior and attitude of China are also against the agreement and general awareness of the leaders of the two countries and “Areement of guiding principles to solve the problems at sea”, causing negative effects to the political credibility and aspects of cooperation between the two countries, hurting the feelings of the Vietnamese people. While confirming the view of Vietnam: Protecting sovereignty and territorial integrity is sacred to every nation, ethnic group, Vietnam will use all measures necessary to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the Party and State. Vietnamese people still attach great importance to friendship, strategic, cooperative comprehensive cooperation of partners between Vietnam and China, which expresses pesevering willingness to resolve disagreements through negotiations, dialogue and peaceful means on the basis of international law and “Areement of guiding principles to solve the problems at sea” between Vietnam and China. In particular, at the plenary session of the ASEAN leaders in Myanmar, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung proposed the regional countries strongly to reaffirm the principles outlined in the Six-point Principles on the South China Sea at the same time requiring China abide by international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, seriously respect the sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the 200 nautical miles continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the coastal states and fully implement Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and substantive negotiations on the ASEAN Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
Vietnamese as well as people around the world including the Chinese people are waiting for the answer of the Chinese government about the unilateral act to illegally place oil rig in the continental shelf and exclusive economy zone of Vietnam which created legal and political crisis and in the South China Sea and hurted the good feelings of the two peoples of Vietnam and China.


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Quân Hoàng 14/5/14 21:06

These unilateral actions by China are illegal, run counter to international law and practice, and seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, as well as the country’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

Quốc Kiên 14/5/14 21:08

They contradict the agreements between senior leaders of Vietnam and China, negatively impact political trust and cooperation in various fields between the two countries, hurt the feelings of the Vietnamese people, cause concern among public opinion in Vietnam and the world, and gravely affect the regional environment of peace and stability.

Vân Nhàn 14/5/14 21:10

Such actions are serious violations of Vietnam ’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and run counter to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea signed by ASEAN member states and China

Lê Tín 14/5/14 21:12

The act seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction.

Quốc Cường 14/5/14 21:14

China’s violation as serious and detrimental to peace, stability, security and maritime safety, as well as efforts to build up trust in the region

Phạm Hiếu 14/5/14 21:15

ASEAN should find any common ground to settle the situation and ask China to strictly adhere to international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS

Hoàng Lân 14/5/14 21:17

the latest case as being part of a series of unilateral and provocative maritime advancement activities by China.

Huy Quốc 14/5/14 21:19

Peace and stability in the East Sea are a common issue for the international community, and that disputes should be addressed peacefully through dialogue.

Hùng Quân 14/5/14 21:22

Requesting China immediately withdraw its oil rig from Vietnam’s waters and strictly implement the commitments outlined in the DOC

Huy Lâm 14/5/14 21:25

the area is entirely in Vietnam’s sovereign right and jurisdiction, the presence of Vietnam’s law enforcement forces, which are the coast guard and the fisheries surveillance agency, at the site to exercise management measures is totally in line with international law.

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