Hoang Binh Quan, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, yesterday hosted a reception in Ha Noi for a delegation from the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations.
Sounthon Saynhachac, the Lao commission’s deputy head and Deputy Foreign Minister, expressed appreciation for Viet Nam’s valuable support of Laos, saying that her country would work with Viet Nam to strengthen the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between the two Parties, States and peoples.
Quan said he had been impressed with the development of bilateral ties between the two countries and the close relationship between the two commissions.
He informed the guests of the current East Sea situation, stressing that China’s placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig deep inside Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf had seriously infringed international law, including the 1982 United Nations Conventional on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) to which China is a signatory.
China’s action had also violated an agreement reached by the two countries’ leaders on principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues, and threatened peace, stability, safety, as well as freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, causing concern among the international community, Quan said.
Sounthon Saynhachac stressed the importance of maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the East Sea. She said Laos had been concerned by recent developments in the East Sea and was monitoring the situation closely.
She said she hoped Viet Nam and China would exercise restraint and step up negotiations in order to resolve disputes peacefully under international law, particularly the UNCLOS.