Vietnam demands Chinese ship leave exclusive economic zone
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam on Thursday accused a Chinese survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that Beijing remove the vessels from its waters.
Vietnam and China have long been embroiled in a territorial dispute over a potentially energy-rich stretch of the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which more than $3 trillion in trade passes each year.
“Vietnam demands that China immediately remove the survey vessel Xiang Yang Hong 10, Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels from Vietnamese waters,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Pham Thu Hang said in a statement. government statement.
“Vietnam has repeatedly contacted China and implemented measures in accordance with international law and Vietnamese law to safeguard Vietnam’s legal and legitimate rights and interests,” the statement added.
The Chinese Embassy in Hanoi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, Vietnam criticized the recent conduct of a Chinese research vessel in the same area of the Southeast Asian country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
China said scientific research was a normal activity in areas under Chinese jurisdiction.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea as its territory, based on what it says are old maps, including waters that lie within the EEZ of Vietnam and four other countries in Asia from the South East.
Hang also said Vietnam calls on the international community to join efforts to maintain order, peace and security in the South China Sea and contribute to the development of mutual interests of the two countries.
(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)