China submitted records to the United Nations on Monday, irrationally and absurdly accusing Vietnam of violating its sovereignty over the waters where Beijing has illegally placed oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 since May 1.
Chinese Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Wang Min, sent a report on the rig’s operation in the East Vietnam Sea to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and asked the UN chief to circulate it to the 193 members of the General Assembly, according to South China Morning Post.
In this report, Beijing provided wrong and fabricated information related to the deployment of its drilling platform in the sea area that is actually within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
The report said that the rig is located 32 km from Hoang Sa (Paracels) and 278 km from Vietnam’s coast, citing some “evidence” to affirm that the facility “is an indispensable part of China’s territory and there are no dispute here.”
However, China deliberately neglected a reality that Hoang Sa belongs to Vietnam and that China used force to attack and occupy it in 1974, when the archipelago was under the legal control of the Republic of Vietnam – the administration of South Vietnam that existed from 1955 to 1975.
Despite the fact that the rig is well within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, Beijing boldly said that China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has conducted geological studies in the area over the past 10 years and that the drilling operation “is a continuation of the routine process of explorations and falls well within China’s sovereignty and jurisdiction.”
Beijing falsely reported that “Vietnam also sent frogmen and other underwater agents to the area, and dropped large numbers of obstacles, including fishing nets and floating objects, in the waters.”
Despite illegally planting the rig and deploying a large number of vessels, including warships, which are backed by planes, to guard the rig and ram and fire water cannons at Vietnamese ships, China deceitfully reported to the UN that “Vietnam has violated China’s sovereignty, posed a great threat to the Chinese personnel working on the rig, and infringed upon the international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”
In fact, this reporting to the UN is a new step in China’s deceitful media campaign to serve its violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.
It was made after Vietnam had sent two diplomatic notes to the UN and China to strongly protest Beijing’s infringement of Vietnamese sovereignty.
Vietnam should lay bare China’s deceitfulness
China is a country member of the UN Security Council, so after Hanoi reported the rig issue to the UN, Beijing had to do the same to avoid losing face, Le Cong Phung, former standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S., said in a recent interview with VnExpress newspaper.
The UN has no one who judges which report is true or false so China simply submitted to the organization a report that is entirely groundless, Phung said.
“In my opinion, China’s report will not help, as the international community knows that China has gone against the UNCLOS by placing the rig in Vietnam’s waters,” the former deputy minister said.
“But many powerful countries in the world did not say it frankly that China is wrong because they have their own interests in maintaining relations with China, a big country,” Phung said.
“Instead, these countries request that China settle disputes by international law and applaud Vietnam’s peaceful efforts in demanding the withdrawal of the Chinese rig from Vietnamese waters,” he said.
As China has sent a false report to the UN on the rig issue, Vietnam should continue issuing another diplomatic note to China, rejecting all deceitful information contained in the report, and referring the diplomatic document to the international body, he added.