A Chinese ship guards an oil rig China illegally placed in Vietnamese waters. Photo: Hoang Son
The Vietnam Youth Federation on Monday officially protested China’s deployment of a giant oil rig in Vietnam’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
The VYF issued a statement condemning China’s actions and demanding that China remove its rig and escort armada from Vietnamese waters.
It also demanded that China strictly comply with international law in the future, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Federation called on youth organizations and young Vietnamese everywhere to support domestic fishermen and marine protection forces in their efforts to preserve the country’s maritime sovereignty and legitimate interests in the East Sea.
The VYF said it always strives to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the youth of Vietnam and China and called on the Chinese Youth Federation and Chinese youths to demand justice, peace and stability in the region and the world.
China positioned the US$1-billion oil over Vietnam's continental shelf on May 2 and has sent more than a hundred of boats (including military vessels) to protect it.
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