Vietnam: oil and gas cooperation in East Sea must adhere to 1982 UNCLOS
Oil and gas cooperation between the Philippines and China in the East Sea can only be conducted in waters that both sides hold sovereignty and sovereignty rights over, in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 


Oil and gas cooperation between the Philippines and China in the East Sea can only be conducted in waters that both sides hold sovereignty and sovereignty rights over, in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). , Gover

Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Vice Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Tra at the event

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Vice Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Tra made the statement at a regular press conference in Hanoi on November 22 in response to reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s stance on a memorandum of understanding on oil and gas exploitation signed between the Philippines and China on November 20. 

She said Vietnam’s stance on the East Sea issue, including sovereignty, sovereignty rights, and legitimate rights at sea, is clear and consistent, and has been declared multiple times. 

As a responsible member of the international community and an East Sea bordering country, Vietnam highly values international cooperation, including cooperation at sea on the basis of respecting the sovereignty and legitimate rights of parties concerned in line with international law, especially the 1982 UNCLOS, for the sake of peace, stability, and development in the region, as well as for the friendship and collaboration amongst surrounding countries.

Preserving peace, stability in East Sea a shared responsibility: Vice spokesperson

Maintaining peace, security and stability in the East Sea is the mutual benefit and shared responsibility of all the countries, including the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, said vice spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phuong Tra on November 22.

She made the statement at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi, in response to reporters’ queries regarding China’s remark of completing the negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea within the next three years.

“Accordingly and in face of the complicated developments in the recent past, ASEAN has repeatedly urged for the early finalisation of the COC in the East Sea. It is most important to achieve an effective, substantive, and binding COC in line with international law – especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – thus making real contributions to peace, stability and security in the region in general and the East Sea in particular”, Tra continued.A

VNA 

Oil and gas cooperation between the Philippines and China in the East Sea can only be conducted in waters that both sides hold sovereignty and sovereignty rights over, in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). , Gover
 
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