Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill in the Senate Foreign Relations committee that proposes punitive sanctions against China over its activities in maritime disputes in the East Sea (South China Sea) and the East China Sea.
PSNews - The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting on Nov. 24 said a tropical depression has formed in the waters off the Philippines and is forecast to enter the the East Sea.
Two or three storms and tropical depressions may appear in the East Sea this November with one or two likely to hit the central and southern regions of Vietnam.
Hanoi - All countries in and outside the East Sea share benefits as well as responsibility for maintaining peace and stability in the area, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said on September 22.
France-Vietnam friendship association with the other friendship organizations in this country called for the fully respect PCA’s ruling and the settlement the sovereignty and territorial disputes by peaceful means.
Vietnam welcomes other countries’ stance on the East Sea issue in line with international law, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on July 15.
US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo affirmed on July 13 that the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Vietnam) are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on April 8 issued a statement expressing its deep concern over a China coast guard ship’s hitting and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the East Sea.
Leading foreign experts have voiced their concerns over China’s recent actions in the South China Sea, which is called the East Sea in Vietnam, while speaking at the ongoing 11th South China Sea International Conference in Hanoi.
Beijing intends to bully and threaten countries in the Indo-Pacific region by illegally building and militarising artificial features on the East Sea, Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, told the press in New Delhi on October 29.
PSNews - The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Online Newspaper on October 14th held a seminar themed “Vietnam’s legal rights and interests in the East Sea in accordance with international law.”
China's sovereignty claims over most of the areas in the East Sea are invalid in legality and its unilateral actions in the sea are illegitimate, a Belgian expert of international maritime law has said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam on October 3 held a regular press conference in Hanoi. At the meeting, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said that, Vietnam is resolved to protect its sovereignty and legal interests in the East Sea through measures in accordance with international law.
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the importance of respecting international law as the most effective measure to prevent conflicts and seek sustainable solutions to disputes.
An established Indonesian observer has called on the international community to condemn China’s unilateral provocative actions that violate international law regarding EEZs and continental shelves of East Sea claimant countries from Southeast Asia.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on August 27 stated that his country opposes any action that intensifies tensions in East Sea.
The EU’s consistent stance is to support freedom of navigation and aviation, resolve disputes by peaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Vietnam resolvedly and consistently safeguards its sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea as defined in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) through peaceful means based on international law, the Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said on July 25.
Vietnam has expressly requested China to immediately end violations and withdraw all vessels from its territorial waters and respect its sovereign right and jurisdiction, for the sake of bilateral relations and for regional peace and stability.
Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang reaffirmed on July 16 Vietnam’s resolve to peacefully struggle against violations of its sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its sea areas.