HCMC – Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang announced on July 15 that Vietnam welcomes other countries’ stance on the East Sea issues in line with international law.
Regarding U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rejection of most of China’s maritime claims in the East Sea, Hang said peace, stability, cooperation and development in the sea is the aspiration and common goal of countries in the region as well as the international community.
The respect of maritime legal order and the full and responsible implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) are significant in realizing these goals.
Following the statement issued at the 36th ASEAN Summit, Vietnam always considers the 1982 UNCLOS as a legal framework for all activities in the sea.
Vietnam expects that other countries will contribute to maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the East Sea and resolve disputes through dialogues and other peaceful measures, in accordance with international law and for the common interests of countries in the region and the international community.
Vietnam always actively and responsibly contributes to the process, Hang concluded.