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China Opposes Vietnamese Maritime Law Over Sovereignty Claim

June 26, 2012

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun summoned Vietnamese Ambassador to China to discuss the recent passing of a Vietnamese maritime law that extends the country’s jurisdiction to islands claimed by China. The Vietnam National Assembly passed the “Vietnamese Law of the Sea,” that describes China’s Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands as being within Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction.


Since China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands, Vietnam has infringed upon China’s sovereignty. The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) has been violated by Vietnam’s unilateral action.


“Vietnam’s action is illegal, invalid and detrimental to peace and stability in the South China Sea,” said Zhang, indicating that China will firmly safeguard its national sovereignty.


China requests that Vietnam remove its ships in order to secure relations and not jeopardize the peace and stability of the South China Sea. Vietnam has not taken any action yet, so China will just have to wait to see how this controversy plays out.

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