China once again urges the Vietnamese side to immediately stop disruptions of Chinese company's operation On May 16, Ouyang Yujing, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China's Foreign Ministry held a press briefing on Vietnam's disruption of Chinese company's drilling operation in the south waters to the Zhongjian Island of China's Xisha Islands.
Ouyang Yujing said that China has repeatedly urged Vietnam to respect China's sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction, stop its disruptive activities and pull all vessels and personnel out of the area. However, the Vietnamese vessels continued to ram the Chinese vessels on the site.
Up to the morning of May 16, there have been as many as over 60 Vietnamese vessels of various types at the scene. Since May 2, Vietnamese collisions against Chinese vessels have totaled over 500 times. China
China has lodges representations with the Vietnamese side for many times, urging the Vietnamese side to immediately stop disruptions and pull all vessels and personnel out of the erea.
Ouyang Yujing said that Xisha Islands are China's inherent territory.
The waters where Chinese company operates is close to China's Xisha Islands, being only 17 nautical miles away from China's Zhongjian Island and nearly 150 nautical miles away from the coast of Vietnam.
It makes no sense at all for the Vietnamese side to disrupt Chinese company's legitimate and legal drilling operation in China's coastal waters.
Ouyang Yujing said that China's operation does not begin this year or this month. Chinese company has been operating in the waters back to 10 years ago.
From last May to June, Chinese companies also carried ou 3-D seismic operations and drilling field investigation, doing necessary preparations for the drilling operation.
This drilling operation is a regular continuation to relevant work starting 10 years ago.