Marie Damour, Consul General of the United States, at a press conference at her home in the morning of October 29. Photo: Nhat Duy.

The United States will confront China on the South China Sea

HCM CityThe US will bring the South China Sea issue to debate with China at the East Asia Summit in early November, according to the new US Consul General.

Marie Damour, who has held the position of US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City since August, said the information at a meeting with reporters today, amid repeated Chinese violations of the exclusive economic zone and Vietnam's continental shelf. The East Asia Summit (EAS) takes place in Bangkok, a series of events of the ASEAN Summit during 2-4 November.

"The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) needs to be operated and complied with," Damour said, asserting that every country must have equal rights and responsibilities under international law. "We think China is irresponsible in the international community."

According to Damour, the United States and ASEAN have a close relationship. The United States has attached great importance to supporting Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries in the region to strengthen their capacity. The United States has also repeatedly announced its opposition to Chinese behavior that prevents exploitation of resources in other countries.

Marie Damour, Consul General of the United States, met with reporters at her home in Ho Chi Minh City on the morning of October 29. Image: Nhật Duy.

"We focus on ensuring the implementation of international law and the interests of all countries, towards freedom of navigation. Vietnam is an important US partner in this regard," Mrs. Damour said.

From the beginning of July, China's Hai Duong 8 Geological Survey Ship and the escort group began to violate Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, seriously violating Vietnam's sovereignty and jurisdiction. Nam according to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to which Vietnam and China are members. The group left the Vietnamese waters on October 24, according to Marine Traffic tracking data.

US Vice President Mike Pence on October 24 accused China of acting aggressively, causing instability when obstructing Vietnam's petroleum activities in the South China Sea. He said that China's militarization and its approach to neighboring countries in the region over the years "has been increasingly provocative". The State Department, the Department of Defense, and many previous US officials and parliament also criticized China for interfering in Vietnam's long-standing oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, undermining regional peace, security and violations. international rules.

Many countries around the world as well as ASEAN have expressed concern about the situation in the East Sea.

Nhật Duy

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