The adoption of the Vietnam Maritime Law by the National Assembly on June 21 is a normal law-making activity to perfect the country’s legal system to serve the utilization, management and protection of Vietnam’s sea and islands as well as socio-economic development.
Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement June 21 in order to reject China’s unreasonable accusations of Vietnam’s legitimate act.
The law will also help facilitate Vietnam’s international integration and boost its cooperation with other countries for the sake of peace and stability in the region and the world, the Spokesman continued.
Regrettably, China made irrational criticism of Vietnam’s legitimate work. More seriously, China approved the establishment of so-called “Sansha City” that covers Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
Mr. Nghi affirmed that Vietnam has indisputable legal basis and historical evidence of its sovereignty over both Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. The Maritime Law, which covers both archipelagos, is just a continuation of a number of provisions in Vietnam’s existing laws and this will not affect the search for basic and long-term solutions to the disputes on the East Sea.
Vietnam consistently advocates the settlement of differences and disputes on the East Sea by peaceful means and on the basis of international laws, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), he said.
Spokesman Nghi added that Vietnam always attaches importance to the relations with China and is ready to work with the neighboring country to push the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership for the sake of two peoples and for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.