Statement of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations on opposing China’s illegal installation of a drilling rig in Vietnamese waters

Posted at: MONday - 12/05/2014 12:23 - post name: Nguyễn Thị Thùy

 
Statement of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations on opposing China’s illegal installation of a drilling rig in Vietnamese waters

On May 1, 2014, China’s drilling rig Ocean-981 began operating in a location 15°29’58’’ North latitude and 111°12’06’’ East longitude in the East Sea within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam. Moreover, China has mobilized a large number of vessels, including military ships, to escort the rig. The location of drilling rig is 80 nautical miles deep in Vietnam’s continental shelf as regulated in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), about 120 nautical miles from Vietnam’s baseline. Many Chinese ships deliberately rammed into and even used water cannons to attack Vietnamese Coast Guard vessels. In those days, China continues to increase ships and aircraft operating in this area, making the situation tenser.

 Such activities of China has seriously violated the sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam,  infringed international law, gone contrary to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the East Sea (DOC) between China and the ASEAN member states, and violated agreements between leaders of the two countries and made negative impact to the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and China, which  has recently gained posssitive progress. These actions have made the situation more complicated, threatening peace and stability, maritime security, freedom of navigation in the East Sea.

The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), its member organizations and Vietnamese intellectual community express our deep concern over the current tension in recent days, strongly oppose the illegal activities of China and demand China to withdraw the oil rig and its escorts from Vietnamese water, refreign from repeating similar actions in the future, and comply strictly with international law, particularly the UNCLOS 1982.

VUSTA believes that peace, stability, friendship, cooperation and mutual development are common interests of all peoples in the globalization world today, which requires civilized and responsible behavior of all country on the basis of respect for international law, sovereignty and legitimate interests of other countries. All claims without legal basis, especially the unilaterally use of force to infridge the sovereignty of another country is unacceptable.

VUSTA reaffirms our desire to preserve and promote the friendship and traditional cooperation between the people of Vietnam and China and between intellectuals of the two countries. We call on the China Association for Science & Technology (CAST), the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organizations (AFEO), the scientists, intellectuals of China and other countries to raise the voice to defend justice, respect for international law and contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region and around the world.

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