Cuban expert: China takes wrong actions in East Sea
18:08 | 08/07/2014

VGP – China’s installation of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf has escalated tensions in the region, said a Cuban expert.

China illegally maintains over 100 ships of all kinds, including military ones, around the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Viet Nam's waters

China also sparked maritime conflicts with the Philippines and unilaterally established an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea.

According to Mr. Rivislei Gonzalez Saez, an expert from Cuba’s International Policy Research Institute, China said all issues should be resolved by peaceful measures but its actions ran counter to its statements.

He said that what China has done to Viet Nam was wrong and ignored the benefits to Beijing.

It has been more than two months since China illegally moved the rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Viet Nam’s waters and positioned the rig at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude. The location is 80 miles deep inside Viet Nam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

Viet Nam has exercised utmost restraint, showed every gesture of goodwill and exhausted all dialogue channels to communicate with the Chinese authorities of different levels for expressing protest and demanding China immediately withdraw its drilling rig and armed and military vessels from the Vietnamese waters. Nevertheless, up to now, China has failed to respond to Viet Nam’s legitimate demand. On the contrary, China has been slandering and blaming Viet Nam while continuing to escalate its increasingly dangerous and serious acts of violation./.

By Quang Trung

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