(QNO) - On 22 August, the United States Department of State expressed their deep concern over China’s interference with exploration and exploitation of Vietnam’s oil and gas when the Chinese survey ship - Haiyang Dizhi 8 returns to the waters of Vietnam called East Sea (Biển Đông) and again engaged in a violation of Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
According to the United States Department of State, the move called into question Beijing’s commitment to the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes. China’s redeployment of a government-owned survey vessel, together with armed escorts, into waters offshore Vietnam near Vanguard Bank (Bãi Tư Chính) on August 13, is an escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of developing resources in East Sea.
The White House on 20 August accused China of “bullying tactics” in the increasingly tense waters of the East Sea and said it would resist Beijing on the dispute. “China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea (East Sea) is disturbing. The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behavior and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security”, - President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton tweeted.
India has repeatedly expressed its clear and consistent stance that international law should be obeyed in the East Sea. As 55% of Indian goods is transported through the East Sea, India really desires for peace, stability and security in the waters of the region.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in a recent meeting affirmed that maritime and security cooperation is an important aspect in the strategic partnership between the two countries based on a common commitment to maintaining the freedom of maritime, especially in the Indo - Pacific region.
Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said that the survey ship had returned to the area under escort and demanded that it leave.
“Vietnam has repeatedly communicated with China, demanding that it immediately end such serious violations, withdrawing all vessels from the EEZ and continental shelf of Vietnam which are determined according to the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)”, Hang told at a press conference in Hanoi.