In response to a question on how far Vietnam is prepared for the possibility that China will reject the upcoming ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on its South China Sea claims, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated:
“As a country that is directly involved in disputes in the East Sea (South China Sea), Viet Nam pursues a consistent policy of supporting disputes settlement through peaceful means in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
We hope that the International Arbitral Court will make a fair and objective judgment, in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and request the involved parties to respect international legal obligations as stipulated in the Convention.”
He also announced that the 12th ASEAN – China senior officials’ meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) will take place in Viet Nam’s Ha Long city on 9 June.
Editted by Rosa Tran.