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China’s vessels halt survey in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone

China’s survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 had halted its geological survey activities in Vietnam’s UNCLOS-defined exclusive economic zone and southeastern continental shelf on August .

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang

 



Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang made the affirmation while answering reporters’ queries regarding thelatest developments of the operation of the Chinese survey vessel group in Vietnam’sexclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

Competent Vietnamese agencies are continuing to keep a close watch on thesituation, the spokeswoman added.  

Over the past days, Vietnam has repeatedly voiced its opinions on the incidentand implemented measures at all levels and under various forms in accordancewith international law and the 1982 UNCLOS, she said.

“Vietnam calls on countries to respect its sovereignty, sovereign rights andjurisdiction in line with international law,” Hang said.  

She highlighted Vietnam’s goodwill to stand ready to hold dialogues withconcerned countries to settle disputes, contributing to maintaining peace,stability and development in the East Sea, and promoting the friendship andcooperation between countries.

Regarding the operation of a US aircraft carrier in the East Sea, Hang said Vietnamhas repeatedly affirmed the respect for freedom, security and safety of navigationand overflight in the waters in compliance with international law.

“Maintaining peace and stability, and ensuring aviation and navigation freedom inthe East Sea in the spirit of respect for the law are in the common interest ofthe international community,” she said.-VNA 

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