The year 2020 has seen many countries become more outspoken about the East Sea (known internationally as the South China Sea) through diplomatic notes exchanged at the UN.
A Chinese company in Vietnam was asked by the Vietnamese police to take down maps with the illegal “nine-dash line” in the East Sea (South China Sea) and hand them over to the police. The Chinese company were also requested not to repeat the violation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 3 held the “Workshop on Promoting Cooperation in Ensuring Just and Humane Treatment of Fishermen in the South China Sea” with the participation of over 120 delegates.
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have come together to issue a joint note verbale to the United Nations in order to challenge China’s claims in the South China Sea, known locally as the East Sea.
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 world has closely watched China’s illegal moves in the East Sea (aka the South China Sea). Observers say China, by defying international law, is isolating itself from the international community.
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.
Vietnam should make greater efforts to get stronger support from the international community in the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Vietnam) issues and hold more activities similar to South China Sea International Conferences, a leading foreign expert has suggested.
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.
Wion news on August 19 reported that India has reacted to Chinese intrusion into Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. New Delhi has called for unimpeded lawful commerce in the region and that differences should be resolved peacefully.
The 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued a joint communiqué in Bangkok on July 31, in which ministers affirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea).
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.
In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a U.S. guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the U.S. Navy said on Thursday.
PSNews - The 10th South China Sea International Conference themed “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development” was co-held in Da Nang on November 8 and 9 by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS) and the Vietnamese Lawyers Association.
Vietnam requests China to immediately stop sending bombers to conduct drills in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, said the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, stressed the obligation of each and every State to solve disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law while attending a UN Security Council debate on May 17.
Vietnam asks China, as a large nation in the region and the world, to perform its responsibility in maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, stated Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on May 8.
PSNews-The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS) and Vietnam Lawyers Association (VLA) co-organized the 8th International Conference themed “South China Sea: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development”.
Speaking at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) which was hold in Margarita, Venezuela on 17th September (local time), Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh gave prominence to the efforts of the ASEAN Community building, such as effort to strengthen unity, solidarity and the centrality of ASEAN with a view to ensuring peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia, especially through dealing with complex security challenges in the region, including the East Sea (also known as South China Sea).
Japan has announced plans to increase joint military activities with allies in South East Asia to counter Chinese dominance around disputed reefs in the East China and South China Seas. This includes deeper engagement with the US Navy’s “training cruises".