Chinese vessels deliberately ram Vietnam's ships in Vietnamese waters



China's oil rig violates Vietnam's sovereignty
Sub by: Anh Vu

China has deployed as many as 80 ships, including seven military ones, and even aircraft to the area where the drilling rig HD-981 was installed illegally in Viet Nam's continental shelf.

The information was released by Rear Admiral Ngo Ngoc Thu, vice commander of the Viet Nam Marine Police at the international press conference in Ha Noi on Wednesday afternoon.

He said that Chinese ships intentionally crashed into and caused damages to the vessels of the Vietnamese marine police and fisheries surveillance force right in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf though the Vietnamese forces exercised restraint over the perverse acts of Chinese ships.

The rear admiral also showed footage provided by the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance force of a Vietnamese boat being besieged by Chinese ships during a clash. Mr. Thu said six Vietnamese people have been injured.

Speaking at the press conference, Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said that China's acts violate Viet Nam's sovereignty and jurisdiction over the Southeast Asian country's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf as stipulated in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Earlier on May 6, Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh made a phone call to Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi after China illegally deployed a drilling rig and vessels in the oil and gas lot 143 belonging to Viet Nam's continental shelf since May 1.

Deputy PM, FM Minh stressed that China's unilateral deployment of the drilling rig HD-981 and a large number of vessels, even military ones, in this area is illegal, runs counter to the international law and practices, seriously violates Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago and sovereign right and jurisdiction over Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

This act negatively impacts mutual political trust and cooperation aspects between the two countries and hurts the Vietnamese people's sentiment.

Viet Nam cannot accept and resolutely protests the China's act and demands China totally withdraw the drilling rig HD-981 as well as escort vessels from this area, together with Viet Nam to join talks to handle the related differences.

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