Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokeman Lê Hải Bình
HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam is co-operating with international bodies on the case of Trịnh Xuân Thanh, who has been issued with an international arrest warrant over massive US$147 million losses incurred by a company he once chaired, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokeman Lê Hải Bình said yesterday.
At a regular press conference yesterday, Binh answered questions about the fugitive former head of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC) and former official of southern Hậu Giang Province.
In reply to a question about the posssibility that Thanh would be arrested in a country that does not have an extradition treaty with Việt Nam, Bình said relevant agencies are co-operating with each other and with relevant international bodies to address the issues.
Thanh was charged with letting the company incur losses of VNĐ3.2 trillion ($147 million) under his leaderships between 2011 and 2013. He sought overseas sick leave in mid-August and has not returned, the police said.
Answering questions on Taiwan’s violation of sovereignty over Việt Nam’s Ba Bình Island, Binh said Việt Nam was working to verify the information and would respond accordingly if evidence of such violation was confirmed.
He affirmed that Việt Nam has repeatedly claimed its undisputed sovereignty over Trường Sa (Spratly Archipelago). Taiwan’s reported action, if confirmed, has seriously violated Việt Nam’s sovereignty and escalated tensions, undermining attempts to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea.
Commenting on the Russia-China military exercises in the East Sea, Bình said that as a coastal country and a member of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Việt Nam believes all activities in the East Sea must follow international laws to maintain peace, stability, navigation and overflight security and safety. — VNS