International Round Table on the East Sea

By KHANH LINH |

(QNO) - An international Round Table on the East Sea was held last weekend in Da Nang city to discuss about China’s illegal action of positioning the HD-981 oil drilling rig deep into Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

This Round Table was one of main activities  of the international seminar, entitled “Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos: The Historical Truth”, which was jointly organised by the University of Da Nang and the Pham Van Dong University in Quang Ngai Province.

At the first session,  over 100 Vietnamese and international participants focused to talk about the legal angle on China’s illegal placement of its HD-981 oil drilling rig in Viet Nam’s water. All delegates at the Round Table confirmed clearly that China’s illegal action of positioning the HD-98 oil drilling rig in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf was not in line with and violated international legal system, including the United Nations Charter, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

All participants agreed that the acts of China involving the deliberate use of force to change the status quo, destabilise the region and violate the sovereignty of other nations with an ambition to have exclusive rights over the East Sea, are totally unacceptable. China’s acts violated the  Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

In the second session, all participants talked about China’s illegal placement of its HD-981 oil drilling rig in Viet Nam’s water. They agreed that this act is another escalation  of China to occupy the East Sea and realize its groundless, irrational and ambitious nine-dotted line (cow's tongue line) territorial claim in the East Sea. China’s illegal acts and ambition has threatened peace, stabllity, security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea.

All participants wanted Vietnam to continue and  patiently try to struggle by peaceful solutions as well as wins over the  supports and assistances from world community to create and put  strong pressures on China to prevent new escalation.

After the Round Table, all participant visited the fishing ship DNA 90152 which was sunk by Chinese ships  on 26 May 2014 near Hoang Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.

By KHANH LINH