China’s actions in the East Sea are totally wrongful, asserted Rivislei Gonzales Saez, an expert from the Cuban Centre for International Policy Research.

In a recent article, Saez said that China ’s illegal placement of its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam ’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf escalated tension in the region.

Earlier, China originated disputes with the Philippines over sea and islands, and shocked the Republic of Korea and Japan by unilaterally claiming the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea , he noted.

Saez underscored that China proposed peaceful ways to settle disputes, yet, it has undertaken actions that go against its words, which raised serious concern for parties concerned and other regional countries, including the US .

In fact, what China has done to its neighbours generated concern, tension and insecurity to them and put them into a state of vigilance, leading to their stronger struggles, he said.

Saez held that the tension China has caused to Vietnam is a big mistake, bringing no benefit to Beijing.

More negatively, China has launched an aggressive propaganda campaign through its media to attack Vietnam, he said.

According Saez, although the world is flooded with information, the truth will always prevail. Furthermore, everyday, there are thousands of intellectuals, diplomats, and people who understand the truth and raise their voice in favour of Vietnam, he added.

It is not only a problem for Vietnam or Southeast Asia any more, but one that the whole world should watch, the expert concluded.-VNA