China's deployment of an oil rig in Vietnam's territorial waters violates the country's sovereignty and badly affects the the maritime security and safety in the South China Sea, the Vietnamese diplomatic mission to the United Nations and World Trade Organization said.
In a press release on Tuesday, the mission also said China's move directly threatens peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.
The release on the recent developments in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, was sent to the UN office, international organizations and press agencies based in Geneva, Vietnam News Agency reported.
It briefed about China’s moves in the South China Sea since May 2, when it unilaterally positioned the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam's continental shelf and deep within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
It said the deployment of the rig and its escort armada constitutes an intentional and grave violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction on the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago.
This also seriously violates the agreement reached between the leaders of the two countries as well as going against the spirit of the 2002 Declaration on the Conducts of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and relevant provisions of international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), according to the release.
The press release made clear that Vietnam has persistently tried to maintain dialogue with China and sought a peaceful solution to the issue, including making public statements and 20 phone calls to Chinese authorities. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs made eight communications with China in Hanoi and Beijing.
However, China has maintained the continued and intensified presence of its oil rig and escort armada in Vietnamese waters.
“The government of Vietnam calls on the governments of all countries to voice criticism against China's wrongful acts, and to ask China to withdraw the drilling platform out of the Vietnamese waters to respect rights and interests of all littoral countries in accordance with the 1982 UNCLOS,” the press release said.
It urged that China should be requested to fully observe the DOC, ensure maritime and airborne safety and security in the East Sea and to work with Vietnam for speedy settlement of disputes through peaceful dialogue, thus contributing to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region.
The press release was attached with maps of the location of China’s deep-water drilling platform.
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