Vietnam has expressed its grave concern at China’s announcement of a military drill by the mouth of the Tonkin Gulf, said Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang at a press briefing on August 31 in Hanoi.
The official said all foreign activities in waters under Vietnam’s national sovereignty and jurisdiction must be in line with Vietnamese law, international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Vietnam asked China to halt and not to repeat activities complicating the situation in the East Sea. The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry exchanged with the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to make clear Vietnam’s stance.
She also expressed deep concern over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile launch over Japan on August 29, seriously violating resolutions of the UN Security Council and worsening regional tensions.
Vietnam consistently backs efforts to promote dialogue and maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. The country urges parties to respect UN Security Council resolutions in earnest and conduct constructive and practical moves for peace, stability and security in the region and the wider world.