Saturday, June 21, 2014

Deputy PM scoffs at Chinese ban

Updated June, 14 2014 09:55:00

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.
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HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said Viet Nam would not suffer greatly from China's recent decision to ban Chinese state companies from bidding on projects in Viet Nam.

In an interview with Radio Voice of Vietnam regarding the state of economic affairs with China, Deputy PM Hai quelled concerns that the Chinese move would negatively impact the nation's economy.

"If Chinese contractors choose not to bid on projects, the consequences to Viet Nam will be insignificant, as bids from other foreign contractors will remain unaffected. The decision really has no effect on Viet Nam's economy," he said.

Concerning the tensions in the East Sea and the worries that many Chinese contractors do not want to continue with existing contracts, the Deputy PM said Viet Nam could find substitute contractors and alternative credit sources.

"However, Chinese contractors should fulfill their commitments for ongoing projects with Viet Nam to avoid violations punishable by international commercial terms (INCOTERM). To date, there are no signs that Chinese contractors are not fully performing on these contracts," he said.

Chinese boats line up

Chinese "fishing boats" yesterday lined up 35 nautical miles from its illegal drilling rig in Viet Nam's waters to stop Vietnamese fishing boats from operating, according to the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department.

Throughout the day, China maintained 116 ships in the area, including two coastguard vessels, 14 cargo ships, 18 tugboats and six warships, around the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-98 stationed in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

Chinese coast guard vessels and tugboats again aggressively prevented Vietnamese Fisheries Surveillance vessels from nearing the rig. The Chinese ships were always ready to ram Vietnamese boats.

Despite unfavourable weather and China's aggressive acts, Viet Nam's vessels persistently stayed in the area.

Ongoing protest

Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang has called on politicians, academics and diplomatic missions to voice objections to China's aggressive actions in the East Sea.

Addressing a workshop on the East Sea situation on June 12, Hoang briefed participants on the latest developments.

He said that ever since China illegally placed its drilling rig in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in early May, it had maintained a large number of armed ships and aircraft to defend the rig, conduct aggressive actions and even sank a Vietnamese fishing boat.

Hoang said the actions seriously violated international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, to which China was a signatory.

He said Viet Nam was determined to solve all disputes by peaceful means in line with international law.

During the workshop, representatives from many diplomatic missions raised their voices to support justice and Viet Nam's restraint.

Delegates also suggested Viet Nam take full advantage of relevant mechanisms and forums within the framework of the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 to get more support from the international community.

Cambodian concern

The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a diplomatic note to the Vietnamese Embassy expressing deep concern over recent developments and incidents in the East Sea.

The note said that as the country that initiated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), it placed importance on maintaining peace, stability and security in these waters.

It said Cambodia wanted all parties to realise the declaration, including political and legal factors, to peacefully settle East Sea disputes.

The note added that Cambodia believed both sides would exert every effort to complete a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea so as to create an environment favouring regional peace, security and stability.

The Office of the Cambodian Council of Ministers sent a similar diplomatic note to the Vietnamese Embassy. — VNS

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