Visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Ranzi has raised his deep concern about the East Vietnam Sea situation and asked all parties to resolve disputes through peaceful measures during talks with his Vietnamese counterpart in Hanoi.
He expressed his concern about the tension in the sea on Monday after Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung briefed him on China’s illegal placement of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 within Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone since May 1.
By planting the platform in Vietnamese waters, China has not only violated Vietnam’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the sea but also breached the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which both China and Vietnam are signatories, PM Dung said.
In addition, China’s wrongful act jeopardizes peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the waters, the premier added.
In reply, the Italian leader affirmed that Italy shares the EU and G7 Group’s viewpoint, which are deeply concerned about the current East Vietnam Sea situation, and prefers all parties to exercise restraint and settle their disputes through peaceful measures based on international law.
During their talks, the two sides also discussed bilateral cooperation and agreed to work harder to lift two-way trade from the current figure of US$3.5 billion to $5 billion by 2016.
To achieve the target, the two leaders pledged that both countries will strengthen connectivity between their businesses to boost their partnership in all areas, including apparel, footwear, construction materials, food processing, and support industries.
Vietnam and Italy will also expand cooperation in culture, education, training, science and technology, while accelerating the establishment of a Vietnam-Italy excellence research center as well as the development of a cooperation mechanism between universities of both countries, the two sides said.
In addition, the host and guest agreed to promote consultations among ministries and sectors and shape up an inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation with its first meeting slated for this November.
The two leaders also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, affirming that they will continue working closely at multilateral forums and global organizations, particularly within the framework of the United Nations, ASEAN – EU, and Asia – Europe Meeting.