Vietnamese organisations oppose China's actions

Vietnamese organisations oppose China's actions
Former Vice President and Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Peace and Development Foundation Nguyen Thi Binh yesterday reads a statement opposing China's illegal deployment of an oil rig in the waters of the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Viet Nam, at a meeting held by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations.

HA NOI - The Vietnam Peace Committee (VPC) and the Vietnam-China Friendship Association (VCFA) sent messages to relevant Chinese organisations opposing China's recent acts violating Vietnam's sovereignty in the East Sea.

In its message to the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament, the VPC wrote that the Vietnamese people had been deeply concerned in recent days over China National Offshore Oil Corporation's placement of a drilling rig within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam.

The committee also expressed concern over the fact that Chinese ships, including military vessels, escorting the rig had repeatedly attacked Vietnamese ships in the area, causing heavy material damage and threatening human life.

"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," the message said.

These actions also violated the agreements on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues that the high-ranking leaders of Vietnam and China had reached, as well as exchanges of views and agreements between the Vietnam Peace Committee and the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament, the committee wrote, adding that they were the root cause of tension in the East Sea.

The actions adversely impacted the political trust between Vietnam and China and damaged the time-honoured friendship between the people of the two countries, the committee stated.

"The Vietnam Peace Committee stands energetically against the above-mentioned moves and proposes that the Chinese Association for Peace and Disarmament take measures conducive to preserving the traditional relations of friendship and co-operation between the people of Vietnam and China ," the message read.

Meanwhile, the message from the VCFA President to the Chairman of the China-Vietnam Friendship Association stated that the Vietnamese people and VCFA members were deeply concerned about China's recent acts in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

In the spirit of friendship and respect for international law, the VCFA leader proposed Chinese forces end their provocative actions, withdraw the rig and avoid further complicating the situation.

He emphasised the need to conduct negotiations to solve these differences, creating a peaceful environment for both nations to develop.

The overseas Vietnamese community in Russia has also vowed to aid their home nation in the face of China's recent violations of Vietnam's sovereignty at sea.

China's actions have irritated the Vietnamese people and damaged the mutual trust that the two sides have worked hard for, said Bui Hong Phuc, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-China Friendship Association.

Phuc, who was an ambassador to China from 1997 to 2002, said he found China's move incomprehensible given its recently announced external policy of being a good neighbour to surrounding countries.

Chinese people lack accurate sources of information about Vietnam and the relations between the two countries, so it was necessary to help them gain a better understanding of the real situation in the East Sea, the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagoes and the so called "Nine-dotted line", Phuc said.

The former ambassador said a May 6 article in China's Global Times stating that China should give Vietnam "a lesson" hurt the Vietnamese people.

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