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Vietnam should sue China at international tribunal: voters

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 16:57 GMT+7
Vietnam should sue China at international tribunal: voters

Vietnam should complete judicial steps soon to bring China to an international tribunal for infringing on Hanoi’s sovereignty over the East Vietnam Sea, many constituents have said in their proposal to the law-making National Assembly.

The proposal was read out before deputies during a meeting on Monday.

The voters advised in their proposition that Vietnam should be more prudent in its external policies and take more care in cooperating and dealing with a certain number of countries, particularly China.

“Vietnam should limit compromise policies to ensure its territorial integrity, national security, and sovereignty,” the constituents said.   

They also expressed their protest against China’s construction of artificial islands on some reefs belonging to Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.

The voters objected to Chinese vessels’ illegal fishing in Vietnamese waters as well as their attacks on local fishing boats there.

Vietnam should adopt solutions that are more decisive and clear in struggling against China to protect the fatherland’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, they said.

Particularly, the country should fulfill judicial procedures soon to take legal proceedings against China at an international tribunal over its violation of the Southeast Asian country’s sovereignty in the East Vietnam Sea, they added.

Last year, Beijing illegally planted its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig 80 miles deep into Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone from early May to July 16, despite strong protests from Hanoi as well as the international community.

At a press briefing on October 28, 2015, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh protested China’s illicit construction of two lighthouses on Duy Mong (Drummond) Island and Hai Sam (Antelope) Reef in the Luoi Liem (Crescent) cluster, part of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa.

Similarly, at another press conference on October 13, 2015, spokesman Binh also voiced Vietnam’s opposition to China’s illegal building of two other lighthouses on Chau Vien (Cuarteron) and Gac Ma (Johnson South) reefs, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa.

“Vietnam has full legal and historical evidence to prove its indisputable sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa. Any activities conducted there by other countries without agreement from Vietnam are illegal and null and void,” the ministry’s spokesman underlined.

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