|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with a delegation from the US House of Representatives, headed by Congressman John Kline in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said yesterday that Viet Nam treasures its ties with the United States and is determined to implement bilateral agreements in the spirit of comprehensive partnernship.
This would be in the best interests of the people of both nations and would promote peace and prosperity in the region as well as the world, he told a delegation from the US House of Representatives headed by Congressman John Kline.
During the meeting, Hung referred to ongoing East Sea tensions, reiterating that China's illegal placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf was a seriously violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty and sovereign rights.
China's action was also in breach of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, he said.
Furthermore, China's actions threatened stability in the East Sea as well as maritime and aviation activities in and over international waters, and was worrying countries in the region, the NA leader added.
The NA leader affirmed that the viewpoint of all Vietnamese people is to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territory on the basis of international law, while demanding China withdraw its rig from Viet Nam's waters.
He thanked the international community, including many US parliamentarians, for backing Viet Nam's stance on this issue.
Kline said that his delegation's visit aims to seek and expand co-operation opportunities between the two countries' parliaments and people.
The US wished to further strengthen bilateral trade ties and will actively speed up negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the US congressman said.
The US delegation expressed deep concern over China's provocative acts in the East Sea, wishing that the parties involved would settle the situation through peaceful means on the basis of respect for international law. — VNS