Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked all competent agencies to continue applying three measures to request China to withdraw its illegal oil rig from Vietnamese waters.
At a regular government meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Dung and the cabinet members discussed the East Vietnam Sea situation that has become tense since May 1 when China illegally dispatched the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to Vietnam’s waters.
PM Dung emphasized that China’s recent acts in the East Vietnam Sea are extremely dangerous and seriously compromising peace, stability, maritime safety and security, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.
Facing China’s illegal rig deployment, Vietnam has restrained itself, applied peaceful measures and used different dialogue channels to demand that China remove the platform and its escort vessels and aircraft from the Vietnamese waters.
Vietnam has so far communicated with the Chinese side for 30 times at various levels to request the rig removal.
However, China has not only maintained the rig but also used force to continuously attack Vietnamese ships that have been protecting Vietnam’s territorial waters.
Therefore, Vietnam should continue to carry out three peaceful measures to cope with China’s violations, PM Dung said.
Firstly, Vietnam will continue using its law enforcement forces at sea to affirm and protect the country’s sovereignty over its seas and islands.
Secondly, the country will keep using political and diplomatic ways to resolutely demand China withdraw the rig from the sea area.
Thirdly, Vietnam will provide the world with correct and true information about the East Vietnamese Sea situation so that everyone can clearly know about China’s infringement of Vietnam’s sovereignty and the peaceful methods the Southeast Asian country has utilized in response to the Chinese violations.
Through such provision of information, Vietnamese relevant agencies will at the same time call on the international community to denounce China for not respecting Vietnam’s sovereignty and international law, PM Dung said.
Information related to the East Vietnam Sea should be provided timely and in different languages including Vietnamese, English, French and Chinese, he added.
Regarding judicial actions against China, the government leader said, “We consistently use peaceful measures to settle issues related to the East Vietnam Sea. At the same time, Vietnam will consider taking legal action based on international law to protect the nation’s sacred sovereignty and legitimate interests.”
PM Dung also mentioned the recent riots incited by a number of individuals who took advantage of peaceful marches against China’s illicit rig to provoke violence and illegal acts in some localities, causing serious damage to many foreign-invested enterprises.
He said that the government has timely directed police to prevent such riots and restore order and security.
Local authorities have given support to the affected companies and most of them have resumed normal operations, the PM added.