French and Vietnamese-French students studying at the Paris Diderot University in Paris attended a workshop on the East Sea at the university on May 21.

As part of the seminar series on Vietnam, organised by the Vietnamese Studies faculty at the university, the event provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the recent tensions in the East Sea in detail.

Speaker Nguyen Hoai Tuong, a member of the “East Sea Group” in France, presented a detailed analysis of the territorial disputes in the East Sea, including China’s unjustified ‘nine-dot line’ claim and baseless sovereignty statements.
Tuong, who is also Vice President of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts in France, touched upon the current tensions and conflicts in the Sea, with a focus on China’s illegal large-scale construction activities.

He introduced participants to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), highlighting that the 1982 UNCLOS is the key legal basis for addressing East Sea disputes.

Participants discussed the historical and legal documents that show Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, as well as measures to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner.

Established in Paris in 2011, the “East Sea Group” delivers information on the East Sea to Vietnamese nationals residing in France and the French public, and carries out peaceful projects that call for support in safeguarding Vietnam’s sovereignty over the East Sea.-VNA