|Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s stance on the settlement of disputes in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) is clear and consistent, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng said on Monday.
Hằng made the statement while responding to reporters’ questions on Việt Nam’s comments on the anniversary of five years since the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued its ruling on the East Sea issue in the landmark Philippines vs China dispute on July 12, 2016.
The ruling rebuked China’s expansive claims known as the nine-dash line over much of the South China Sea.
The spokesperson noted Việt Nam always backs the settlement of disputes regarding sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the East Sea through diplomatic and legal processes, without the use of force or threats to use force, and by peaceful solutions and measures, in accordance with the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
As a UNCLOS signatory and a coastal nation to the East Sea, Việt Nam calls on all concerned parties to respect and realise their legal obligations as stipulated in the convention, cooperate and actively and pragmatically contribute to maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, and order in the East Sea in line with international law, Hằng said.
The spokeswoman also reiterated Việt Nam’s stance on its sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and waters over which Việt Nam has sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction as defined in the convention. — VNS