Chinese oil rig’s new location still violates Vietnam's sovereignty and jurisdiction

(VOVworld) - The new site of China’s oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981, which was moved Tuesday morning, is still completely within Vietnam’s continental shelf and the rig’s operation at this site violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction.

Chinese oil rig’s new location still violates Vietnam's sovereignty and jurisdiction - ảnh 1
The new site of China’s oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 is totally within Vietnam's continental shelf violating Vietnam's sovereignty and jurisdiction

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh made the statement in response to the China Maritime Safety Administration’s announcement Tuesday that the rig had been moved from 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude to 15 degrees 33 minutes 38 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 34 minutes 62 seconds east longitude. Binh said Vietnam resolutely opposes and requests that China immediately halt the rig’s operation, withdraw it and its escort and service ships from Vietnam’s waters, and not repeat such acts.
Answering questions about the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s statement on Monday, Binh confirmed that Vietnam resolutely rejects this untruthful statement. He said Vietnam has solid legal foundations and historical evidence to support its undeniable sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago. China used force to occupy Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago and China’s act violated articles of international law, he said, adding that occupation by force cannot give China sovereignty over this archipelago.

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