VN rejects China’s diplomatic note at UN
10:00 | 12/06/2014

VGP – Viet Nam has rejected China’s diplomatic note at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the US, urging Beijing to withdraw its drilling rig and stop "interfering" with maritime safety in an ongoing territorial row.


The information was released by the Agence France-Presse (AFP). The press agency revealed that the Vietnamese mission asked its positioned paper to be circulated to the General Assembly after China sought support at the United Nations on Monday.

The conflict in the East Sea happened as China has illegally placed the drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf on May 2.

Viet Nam demanded that China withdraw the oil rig, "escort vessels from Viet Nam's maritime zones and stop all activities that are interfering with maritime safety and security, and affecting regional peace and security," said the Vietnamese document.

The document also proclaimed that the Vietnamese Government has urged China to hold governmental-level negotiation immediately on the sovereignty of the disputed waters.

In the documents sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, China vilified that Viet Nam crashed into Chinese vessels more than 1,400 times near the drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in the East Sea.

However, Viet Nam has hit back the Chinese accuse, asserting that China can not give out any proof of the accuse. Meanwhile, Viet Nam has announced a number of images and videos to prove that China has rammed and fired water cannons at the Vietnamese fisheries surveillance force, Viet Nam Coast Guard ships and fishing boats.

Especially on May 26, a Chinese fishing boat rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing ship with 10 fishermen on board in the Vietnamese territorial waters. All the crewmembers were later rescued by other Vietnamese fishing boats.

By Thuy Dung


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