The Czech-Vietnam Society has sent a statement to the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic, voicing its objection over China’s illegal placement of an oil rig deep into Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.

The statement issued on May 17 noted that China has deployed a large number of escort ships and airplanes to the area, intentionally fired high-pressure water cannons and rammed into Vietnamese law enforcement ships, causing damage and injuring Vietnamese law enforcement and fisheries surveillance officers.

It asserted that such behaviours have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that China itself is a signatory, at the same time further complicating the situation and threatening peace, stability and freedom of navigation in the East Sea.

The society asked China to immediately stop its illegal activities and remove the rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 out of Vietnam ’s waters as well as never repeat similar acts in the future.

It also expressed full support of the efforts and solutions taken by the Vietnamese Government, agencies and citizens, which aim to protect their legal sovereignty through peaceful means in line with international law.

Meanwhile, around 1,000 Vietnamese expatriates in the UK congregated at an area opposite the Chinese Embassy in London to protest against the China’s wrongful acts in the East Sea.

They carried a lot of banners in both Vietnamese and English affirming Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spartly) archipelagos belong to Vietnam and demanding China to remove its oil rig out of Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.-VNA