East Sea issues need to be tackled with peaceful measures and on the basis of international laws, a Vietnamese official said while commenting on the Philippines' recent lawsuit against China.
Nguyen Duy Chien, deputy chief of the Foreign Ministry's National Borders Committee, made the statement at a press conference on Thursday when asked about Vietnam's reaction to the Philippine government filing a case at the United Nations tribunal against China over the latter's territorial claims.
"Vietnam thinks that countries have full rights to choose peaceful measures to solve disputes in accordance with the UN charter and international laws, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea," he said.
Chien was also asked about news reports that China is going to publish new maps including the infamous U-shaped line that represents China's claim of over 90 percent of the East Sea, including reefs and islands in the waters of Vietnam's Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagoes.
He said every map that represents misleading information about Vietnam's sovereignty over the archipelagoes, as well as its sovereign rights and jurisdiction at sea, are "illegal" and "worthless."
Vietnam has "indisputable" sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, and the sovereign right and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone at the sea under the 1982 UNCLOS, the official said.
Earlier, Chinese-owned People's Daily and Xinhua News Agency reported that China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation was going to publish the new maps this month.
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