Don’t listen to what China says, watch what it does

17/05/2014


China’s placement of the giant state-owned oil rig HD-981 in Block 143 inside Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on May 2 was unexpected, provocative and illegal. This incident marks the first time China has placed one of its oil rigs in the EEZ of another state without prior permission. This was an unexpected move because China-Vietnam relations have been on an upward trajectory since the visit to Hanoi by Premier Li Keqiang in October. At that time, both sides indicated they had reached agreement to carry forward discussions on maritime issues. China’s move was also unexpected because Vietnam has not undertaken any discernible provocative action that would justify China’s unprecedented actions.
China’s perverse action has infringed international law and gone back on its commitments to ASEAN under the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in 2002, in which parties pledge to refrain from all provocative actions that could make conflicts at sea more complicated and affect the region’s peace and stability. The act has negatively impacted political trust and cooperation between the two countries and hurt the Vietnamese people.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement objecting to China’s illegal operation of a drilling rig in Vietnam’s waters in the East Sea, and the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) has demanded that the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) move the rig out of the Southeast Asian country’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
But, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration even bans all vessels from entering the area where the rig is operating within a radius of one nautical mile. That are so unreasonable and unaccepted.
On the ground, Vietnamese Marine Police ships patrolling Vietnamese waters were rammed by Chinese marine police, Ngo Ngoc Thu, vice commander of the High Command of Vietnam Marine Police said at an international press conference held in Hanoi after China deployed a giant mobile drilling rig to search for oil and gas inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the East Sea, also known as the South China Sea.
That China’s move have led to many protests of Vietnamese people in and out the country. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese people took to the streets on Sunday in Hanoi, Hue City, Da Nang City, and Ho Chi Minh City to protest China’s illegal deployment of a giant oil rig to Vietnamese waters in the East Vietnam Sea. At abroad, many protests have been held in a lot of countries like Berlin (Germany), Czech, Japan, Philippines,…The demonstrators included elders, veterans, students, office workers, and even children. They sang together the national anthem and revolutionary songs, with or without loudspeakers. Once agian, the patriotism of our people have rised against the Chinese invading acts.
“Vietnam has full historical evidence and legal grounds to prove its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos as well as sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Le Hai Binh – a spokeman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. And, we, Vietnamese people will keep struggling till Chinese oil rig HD-981 and numbers of escorting vessels are out of our territory./.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Quân Hoàng 17/5/14 22:36

We, Vietnamese, believe in justice and enforcement of international laws. International community will support Vietnam to protest China's move.

Hùng Quân 17/5/14 22:38

Damn Chinese! Go away, Paracel and Spratly Islands are Vietnam's.

Huy Quốc 17/5/14 22:45

Vietnamese people will keep struggling till Chinese oil rig HD-981 and numbers of escorting vessels are out of our territory.

Hoàng Lân 17/5/14 22:48

China has violated international laws and underestimated the US's role in the region. They want to expand their political influence and be a new super power.

Lê Tín 17/5/14 22:50

The article is very impressive, I agree with writer's opinions.

Phạm Hiếu 17/5/14 22:51

China’s perverse action has infringed international law and gone back on its commitments to ASEAN under the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in 2002

Vân Nhàn 17/5/14 22:54

Chinese will get consequence due to their aggressiveness. They never stop invading Vietnam, I hate Chinese.

Quốc Cường 17/5/14 22:55

The move has negatively impacted political trust and cooperation between the two countries and hurt the Vietnamese people.

Huy Lâm 17/5/14 22:58

I trust Vietnamese government will have appropriate policies and measures to deal with Chinese assertiveness. Vietnamese people shouldn't be overreacted!

Quốc Kiên 17/5/14 23:03

People should restrain themselves from overreacted activities, don't let incidients like Binh Duong, Ha Tinh,... happen more. Let authorities do their jobs. Don't let your patriotism harm national interests.

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