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South China Sea situation worrisome: Vietnam PM

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South China Sea situation worrisome: Vietnam PM

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee 
The Nation

 

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Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife arrive in Bangkok for the Asean Summit on Saturday. 

 

Despite progress in negotiations between Asean and China towards establishing a Code of Conduct (COC) for the contentious South China Sea, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Saturday that the situation on the ground remained complicated.

 

“Unlawful unilateral activities, including land reclamation to change the status quo, militarisation, collisions that put lives of fishermen in danger are worrisome," Phuc told The Nation in an interview via e-mail.

 

“These behaviours have eroded trust and are not conducive to promotion of dialogue and maintenance of peace and stability in the region,” he said.

 

Phuc arrived in Thailand on Saturday for 34th Asean Summit where many hot security issues will be discussed.

 

Vietnam is among Asean members at loggerheads with China over the territorial disputes in the contentious sea. The region became a flashpoint as China began militarisation by building facilities for military use years ago.

 

The group and China signed a legally non-binding declaration on the conduct (DOC) of parties in the South China Sea in 2002 to regulate the sea, but the situation remains tense.

 

The group and China are now working to have a legally binding code of conduct to control the behaviour of riparian states. Ministers and senior officials of the group expect to conclude the first reading of the text by the end of this year.

 

“Against that backdrop, Asean needs to firmly adhere to its fundamental position on the South China Sea, in which the parties concerned should exercise restraint, refrain from any action which may further complicate the situation," Phuc said.

 

“All parties must refrain from militarisation and seek to resolve disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS [United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea], strictly and fully implement the DOC and strive to formulate a COC that is effective and substantive in line with international law and endorsed by the international community,” he said.

 

Prime Minister Phuc also said maintaining peace, security and stability in the region was a pre-requisite for sustainable development and prosperity of all nations.

 

“In the meantime, we are witnessing the strong emergence of both traditional and non-traditional security challenges, alongside multiple hotspots that pose serious threats to peace and stability in the region and the world. These have caused major concerns for all of us,” he said.

 

“It is Vietnam’s position that security issues must be satisfactorily resolved by peaceful means on the basis of international law, so as to avoid their escalation into conflict hotspots, which may pose a threat to peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” he said.

 

“In recent years, Asean has made efforts to contribute to addressing regional security issues, including the South China Sea, [the ethnic conflict in] Rakhine state in Myanmar, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, terrorism and transnational crimes, among others. Vietnam has been and will continue contributing actively to these joint efforts,” Phuc said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371567

 

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5 hours ago, holy cow cm said:

Crying about it will not help unless everyone binds together and bloodies the nose of the Chinese devil trying to take all sovereignty rights in the Sea that belongs to everyone. The Chinese government is a full distasteful lying aggressor that always falls back on they are misunderstood. Those days need to come to and end, and unfortunately if it does take a war or huge skirmish to let them know then so be it before they are truly too big and everyone is powerless to do anything.

It was actually the Kuomintang, the later government of Taiwan, that drew the 11 dash line in 1947 and it was ratified by the UN post war after the Japanese were thrown out of Taiwan.

 

Zhou En Lai later struck out two of the dashes to cede the Gulf Of Tonkin to Vietnam, hence the 9 dash line.

 

It was only in the 1960's when oil (who'd have thought it) was potentially found under the SCS, that America (through the Philippines), the UK (through Brunei and Malaysia) and the French (through Vietnam) took any sort of interest at all.

 

It was a stalemate until UNCLOS was adopted in 1994 and then the oil greedy nations started making a din. Its nothing to do with sovereignty, it's all to do with oil.

 

China has never restricted navigation through the SCS, it was declared in the original agreement with the UN.

 

As to the shrieking about militarized islands in the SCS, Vietnam has 37, China has...........5.

 

And the US has no claim on anything in the region.

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3 hours ago, Uptooyoo said:

It's time for the U.S. Navy to sink Chinese fishing boats acting aggressively. They have been co-opted by the Chinese Navy and are operating under their direction. International law does not recognize China's claim on the ocean extending hundreds of miles from their shore. It's time to enforce the law.

Why doesn't the Navy belonging to Asian countries sink Chinese fishing boats acting aggressively.

If they say they are acting in defense of fishermen working within their boundaries they are free to do it!

America isn't the world police. (and I'm not American)

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5 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

Vietnam probably is the only country to voice their concerns

Right;

was, is and will be ;

Vietnam does not like China and never loved it;
they have been at war for at least two millennia and this one continues sporadically to know who will have the hand on the Paracel islands

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2 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Why doesn't the Navy belonging to Asian countries sink Chinese fishing boats acting aggressively.

If they say they are acting in defense of fishermen working within their boundaries they are free to do it!

America isn't the world police. (and I'm not American)

Yes, Prayuth can put His new subs into action. Hopefully leading from the front

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6 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

Vietnam probably is the only country to voice their concerns....Lao, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philipines have all been seduced by money from China....and China' land boundaries continue to grow unchecked.

As the old saying goes, "If ya can't lick 'em, join 'em."

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