Vietnam hopes for fair decision on Philippines-China dispute hinh anh 1Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Le Hai Binh (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam hopes the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) will issue a fair and objective decision on a petition filed by the Philippines contesting China’s claims to disputed areas in the East Sea, creating a foundation to peacefully handle disputes in that region.

Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Le Hai Binh said made that statement on July 1 while fielding queries from reporters about the PCA’s final decision expected on July 12.

Vietnam was informed of the PCA’s schedule and as a country with a direct connection to the East Sea disputes and as a member state of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), Vietnam has been monitoring the case closely, he said.

The diplomat reiterated the country’s consistent position of supporting the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures, on the basis of international law, and its support for the adherence to and full execution of all regulations and procedures of the 1982 UNCLOS.-VNA