The Ex-Youth Volunteers’ Association has strongly opposed China’s illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s continent shelf and exclusive economic zone, expressing its deep concern about China’s wrong acts that threaten peace, stability, security and navigation and aviation freedom in the East Sea.

During a recent conference held in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, the association’s Presidium (second tenure) affirmed that China’s act gravely violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign right and jurisdiction, and at the same time infringes international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

China’s illegal acts also run counter to agreements reached between the two countries’ leaders and break the traditional friendship between the people of Vietnam and China, the association said.
The association demanded that China immediately withdraw its rig out of Vietnam’s waters and stop its violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.

On behalf of its 500,000 members across the country, the association expressed full support for the statement issued by the 13th National Assembly in its 7th session, which vehemently condemned China’s aggressive moves.

The association also called on people throughout the country to support the Party and State’s policy and efforts in the struggle for protecting the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

It urged its chapters to work closely with other organisations to promote communication campaigns raising public awareness of the country’s sea and island sovereignty, and strictly implement the State’s guidelines on sea-based economic development in connection with national sovereignty protection.

At the beginning of May 2014, China illegally dispatched the rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to Vietnam’s waters and positioned the rig at 15 degrees 29 minutes 58 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 12 minutes 06 seconds east longitude, 80 miles deep into Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

Despite Vietnam’s protest, China expanded its scale of operation and moved the rig to 15 degrees 33 minutes 36 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 34 minutes 11 seconds east longitude, 60 nautical miles deep inside Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

China’s armed vessels have aggressively and consistently fired high-power water cannons at and intentionally rammed against Vietnamese public-service and civil ships, causing damage to many boats and injuring many people on board.

Since the beginning of May, Vietnamese fishing boats have been regularly harassed by the Chinese side, 17 of which were damaged and one was sunken on May 26 while tens of fishermen were injured, according to Ha Le, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated.

At a regular press conference of the Foreign Ministry on June 26, Le also said on June 23 at a location 11.5 nautical miles from the Haiyang Shiyou-981, Chinese tugboat coded Xinhai 285 trongly rammed into one side of Vietnamese fisheries surveillance ship KN-951, causing serious damage to the ship.-VNA