Chosun University in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Vietnam’s Hanoi National University hosted an international seminar in Seoul on October 23 to discuss sovereignty in the East Sea.

Addressing the event, Vietnam’s Ambassador to the RoK, Tran Trong Toan said that as a signatory to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Vietnam has sufficient historical and legal evidence to confirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes.

Vietnam also has sovereignty and jurisdiction over its internal and territorial waters, its exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf, as defined in the 1982 UNCLOS, said Toan.

He also underlined Vietnam’s consistent policy of sticking to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the guidelines for carrying out the DOC agreed to by ASEAN member countries and China ,S as well as the agreement on the basic principles that guide the settlement of East Sea issues between Vietnam and China .

Vietnam has also pledged to step up negotiations for the signing of the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC) with China, in the spirit of the six-point declaration, as soon as possible.

Several participants at the seminar delivered reports on Vietnam and the RoK’s sovereignty over their seas and islands, the history of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes and Vietnam’s strategy when dealing with the current East Sea disputes.-VNA