Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations
10:48 24/06/2014
Hệ thống săn vé máy bay khuyến mãi giá rẻ. tìm vé và đặt vé máy bay trực tuyến giá rẻ nhất vé máy bay giá rẻ Vietjet khuyến mãi.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an international press conference in Hanoi on June 16 to clarify China's wrongful, groundless allegations of the current situation in the East Sea made on June 13 and provided fresh developments.

Vice Chairman of the National Boundary Commission Tran Duy Hai stated that Vietnam has made every effort and shown every gesture of goodwill to solve the current tension in the East Sea, which was sparked by China's illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam's waters, via negotiations and peaceful solutions but China has responded in an unconstructive manner.

China has not only failed to respond to Vietnam's goodwill but come up with baseless accusations that have distorted the facts and accused Vietnamese ships of ramming Chinese vessels more than 1,500 times, he said, adding that China has not provided any real proof to support its accusations.

Meanwhile, according to Hai, Vietnam has publicised many pieces of evidence, by photos and video clips, capturing China's aggressive, violent acts such as ramming and firing water cannons at Vietnam's ships, sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat, and injuring dozens of Vietnamese people.

“Once again, Vietnam resolutely demands China respect international law, immediately stop violations of the sovereign right and jurisdiction of Vietnam in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, withdraw the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig and escort vehicles from Vietnam's waters, and never repeat similar acts in the future,” he stressed.

Vietnam continues to request China to solve all disputes through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he added.

Nguyen Quoc Thap, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, declared that it is completely groundless for China to state that Vietnam's 57 oil and gas lots are in disputed waters based on its “U-shaped line” claim that was not recognised internationally.

He added that China is intentionally turning undisputed areas into disputed ones with unreasonable claims.

In fact, these lots are totally within Vietnam's 200-nautical mile continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, he affirmed.

This is not the first time China has conducted illegal activities violating Vietnam's waters. Vietnam has opposed China's previous violations via the diplomatic channel along with protesting in the field and launching communication campaigns to make it understand and not repeat similar violations.

Regarding the current situation at the site, Ngo Ngoc Thu, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command, confirmed that Vietnam has not sent any frogmen to the site nor dropped any object there.

Nets and floating things fished out by Chinese ships were those left by Vietnamese fishing boats operating normally in Vietnam's waters escaping from intimidation of Chinese vessels, said Thu.

Debris that were collected and brazenly claimed as evidence by the Chinese side were fragments from Vietnamese boats after being rammed and having high-pressure water cannons fired at them by Chinese ships, he added.

Although Chinese ships have kept on violently blocking, ramming and firing water cannons at Vietnamese ships, Vietnamese coast guard and fisheries surveillance authorities still practised utmost restraint, trying to avoid any clash with Chinese ships.

Vietnamese vessels have not fired water cannons back at Chinese ships, but only used spoken words to demand China remove its rig and all defending vessels from Vietnam's waters, noted Thu.

According to Ha Le, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department, Vietnamese fisheries surveillance ships at the site continued to keep calm and managed to avoid clashes with Chinese ships.

They also persistently used all peaceful measures to request that China withdraw from Vietnam's waters that it is violating, he said.

Vietnamese ships will continue their law enforcement missions at sea, resolutely protecting the national sovereignty and safeguarding fishermen in their traditional fishing grounds, Le added.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessel attacks a Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The foreground of a Chinese vessel equipped with water cannons which is illegally operating in Vietnam's waters.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessels besiege a Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

China's vessel fires water cannons at a Vietnamese vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessel 21101 besieges a Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessel 21101 fires high power water cannons at the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel 768.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

 The Chinese vessel 31101 fires water cannons at a Vietnamese vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

A Chinese coast guard vessel, which is well-equipped, fires high power water cannons at a Vietnamese vessel. 

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessel 46001 rams a Vietnamese coast guard vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessel 46102 rams a Vietnamese coast guard vessel.

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The Chinese coast guard vessel 44101 intentionally rams a Vietnamese coast guard vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

A Chinese vessel is willing to ram a Vietnamese vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The serious damage of the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel 767 after being rammed by a Chinese vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The serious damage of the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance vessel 767 after being rammed by a Chinese vessel.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

China mobilised a large number of military vessels to protect its Haiyang Shiyou – 981 drilling rig.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

The Chinese coast guard vessels protect the illegally deployed Haiyang Shiyou – 981 drilling rig and are ready to prevent the Vietnamese vessels from law enforcement activities.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

Vietnam's coast guard force has exercised the utmost restraint in the face of the Chinese ships' aggressive acts.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

China's aircraft flies right above the Vietnamese law enforcement vessels to intimidate and threaten them.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

China's aircraft flies over Vietnam's law enforcement vessels on May 31.

Photos: Vietnam rejects China's East Sea wrongful allegations

China's guardian rocket ship, a military vessel, is present in Vietnam's waters where China illegally deployed its Haiyang Shiyou – 981 drill rig.

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Source Vietnamnet

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