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Joint Statement of Vietnamese Associations in France regarding HD-981

11 May 2014

More than 10 Vietnamese Associations in France released a joint statement recent move of China in the South China Sea. Here is the fulltext of this statement. 


1.   Regarding China’s unilateral bringing of oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 (HD-981) into the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Vietnam on May 2nd, 2014, we, the representatives of the Vietnamese associations in France, had a joint meeting on May 8th, 2014. This unilateral act of China: (i) is a flagrant violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty; (ii) threatens regional security in the South China Sea and (iii) violates the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) concerning the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.

China flagrantly violates Vietnam’s sovereignty

HD-981, located 120 miles from Vietnam’s coastal line, is entirely within the EEZ of Vietnam. According to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982), of which China is a member, Vietnam has sovereignty rights and jurisdiction over all exploration and extraction activities in the Vietnam’s EEZ. Also, other countries cannot extract oil in the aforementioned zone without explicit approval of Vietnam. In light of the above, the unilateral act of China is illegal.

China threatens regional security

On May 7th, 2014, China deployed 80 ships, including 7 military ships and 33 coast guard ships, with aerial support, to attack Vietnamese vessels by water cannon. China’s offensive act on Vietnamese vessels conducting responsibilities in conformity with international laws has wounded six Vietnamese fisheries controllers. Such act gravely threatens the security in the South China Sea and in the region.

China disrespects its agreements with ASEAN countries

The aforementioned act of China runs counter to the DOC signed between ASEAN countries and China in 2002. In accordance with the DOC, all parties should not further complicate the disputes and resolve disputes in the South China Sea peacefully and in conformity with international laws.

2.   We call on international community, especially countries which have sovereign claims in the South China Sea, to unite, a strong reaction against the provocation and the expansionism of Chinese administration for a world of peace and sustainable development.


Jointly signed by

Union of Vietnamese in France (UGVF), Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE), Union of Vietnamese Students in France (UEVF), Association of Civil Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials (GCMM), Association of Engineers and Electrical Engineering (AEEE), Group of Bridges and Roads (CDP), Association of Electrical Electronics Engineering (AEEE), Alliance of Vietnamese Students in France (ADEVF), Union of fellow-countrymen of Ha Tinh in France (UANTF), Association of Vietnamese Architect  in France (AAVF), Research Group on the South East Asia Sea in France (BDTP)

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