China’s illegal placement of an oil rig inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf poses a threat to peace in Southeast Asia as well as the world as a whole, an Argentine geopolitical expert has said.
Speaking during a radio program on international affairs broadcast by Equilibrium Global, Alberto Hutschenreuter, a professor at the Air War College of the Argentine Air Force, said China’s violation of Vietnam’s maritime borders has created a crisis of international law.
Alberto Hutschenreuter in an interview with a VNA reporter. Photo credit: VNA
Hutschenreuter, who is also director of the Argentine media company Equilibrium Global, told Vietnam News Agency (VNA) that he is concerned about China’s refusal to abide by decisions made by international organizations in settling disputes, while whipping up nationalism and accelerating a regional arms race.
Diego Velazquez, Social Media Manager of Equilibrium Global agreed, arguing that China is seeking to demonstrate its strength to intimidate others with the goal of illegally appropriating natural resources in the East Sea.
Velazquez underscored that China’s deployment of its drilling rig and a large fleet, including military ships, into Vietnam’s waters is tantamount to an act of invasion.
At the same time, Vanina Soledad Fattori, Equilibrium Global’s Content Coordinator, who is also a commentator of the Argentine website for world affairs “United Explanation,” pointed out that Beijing’s actions in the East Sea infringe on both the 1982 United Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea that it signed with ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries in 2002.
She was of the view that Vietnam has ample historical evidence with which to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, which was occupied through the use of force by China in 1974.
Fattori also noted that international opinion supports Vietnam’s stance of settling disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law.