|"Viet Nam welcomed the international community's efforts in maintaining peace, stability, co-operation and development in the East Sea." — VNS Photo Trong Duc
HA NOI (VNS) — Peace, stability, security and safety of navigation in the East Sea are the aspiration and common interest of the countries in the region and beyond, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh said yesterday at a regular press briefing in Ha Noi.
In response to reporters' questions about Viet Nam's reaction to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations' hearing, Binh said, "The parties concerned should settle disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), strictly comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards building a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC)."
The US Senate hearing has been told that the US would play an active role in the East Sea to defend national interests and international legal principles.
Binh said Viet Nam welcomed the international community's efforts in maintaining peace, stability, co-operation and development in the East Sea.
He said the nation also especially supported ASEAN's role in ensuring compliance with the DOC and in formulating a COC.
Steel probe ended
At the press conference, Binh also declared Canada's recent end to a probe into alleged subsidies on imported Vietnamese steel oil pipelines a sound decision that suited the economic interests of export countries as well as Canadian exporters and consumers.
He said the decision reflected the status of the Canadian domestic market and trade disputes should be settled based on international legal regulations and in line with the spirit of trade liberalisation, multilateral commitments and economic-trade ties between Viet Nam and Canada. — VNS