Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement while answering correspondents’ query on Viet Nam’s response to the Chinese oil corporation’s invitation for international bids for 26 blocks, including the 65/12.
“China’s invitation for international bid for the block (65/12) seriously violates Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, goes against the common awareness reached by the two countries’ high-ranking leaders and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, and is an illegal and valueless activity.”
“Viet Nam rejects the China’s activity and requests Chinese side to immediately annul the international bid for this block.”
Earlier on June 26, Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi also rejected the Chinese oil corporation’s June 23 bid invitation for nine blocks which lie entirely within Viet Nam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
By Hai Minh