In a letter sent to the Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico on June 17, the Mexico-Vietnam Friendship and Cooperation Institute called on Chinese authorities to respect agreements it has signed with Vietnam and international organisations, especially those in which it pledges to solve any dispute by peaceful means.

The letter stated that from the beginning of May, China has conducted a series of actions against Vietnam’s sovereign right and jurisdiction in the East Sea through its dispatch of the rig Haiyang Shiyou-981, as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft, to Vietnam’s waters.

China’s acts seriously violate the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues signed by the two countries in October 2011, running counter to the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea to which China is a signatory, and intentionally neglecting the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, it said.

Via the letter, the institute asked the Chinese Government to immediately withdraw its forces from Vietnam’s waters and end all aggression. It also suggested the Mexican Government send a diplomatic note on this issue to the Chinese side.

The organisation also invited Mexican citizens to join a campaign for peace and support of Vietnam’s sovereignty.

Earlier, the Mexican Labour Party, the Mexico-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, the Democratic Revolutionary Party and the parliament of Zacatecas state raised their voice backing Vietnam’s stance of solving the East Sea issue peacefully.-VNA