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Vietnam welcomes East Sea ruling
Tu Hoang
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Vietnam welcomes East Sea ruling

Tu Hoang

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh - PHOTO: TTXVN

HANOI - Vietnam welcomes the ruling on Tuesday of an international arbitration court concerning the East Sea and will issue a statement in detail on the content of the ruling, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said on Tuesday.

Binh was replying to reporters’ questions about Vietnam’s response to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the Philippines’s case against China’s claims in the East Sea. The tribunal was set up pursuant to Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at the request of the Philippines.

The PCA in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China has no historic title over the waters of the East Sea and that it has breached the sovereign rights of the Philippines with its actions there.

“Vietnam once again reiterates its consistent stance on this case as it was fully shown in the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Declaration on December 5, 2014, sent to the arbitration tribunal,” Binh was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying.

Therefore, Vietnam strongly supports the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means, including diplomatic and legal processes, Binh stressed.

According to Binh, Vietnam protests the threat or use of force, and backs measures for maintaining peace and stability in the region, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight over the East Sea, and respecting the principle of abiding international law on seas and oceans.

Binh reiterated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, and its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf as defined by the UNCLOS.

Binh said Vietnam upholds all of its legitimate rights and interests regarding the geographical structures belonging to Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

The PCA’s ruling also said China had caused permanent harm to the coral reef ecosystem in the Spratlys by building artificial islands.

>> Click here to see the PCA ruling

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