Dear friends around the world,
On 2 May, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) deployed a giant billion-dollar oil rig (Haiyang Shiyou 981) to drill in a location 80 miles inside Vietnam’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ - which extends offshore from every country).
According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982), to which China is also a signatory, Vietnam is the only country that has the right to exploit natural resources inside its EEZ.
China has been using the so-called “nine-dashed-line” to outline its illegal claim of the Bien Dong (East Sea of Vietnam). Beijing has awarded itself with the right to exploit resources in waters that it says belong to China. So far China has not succeeded in proving the legitimacy of the nine dashed line or in providing a clarification of it. Thus China cannot justify its latest action that clearly violates international laws.
Up above are the images of Chinese fleet of military and civilian ships that have appeared in Vietnamese waters since early this month, creating a protecting zone around seven nautical miles from the oil rig.
The ships continued to repeatedly ram and use water cannons against Vietnamese Marine Police ships and vessels which were trying to stop the Haiyang Shiyou-981 rig from drilling for oil and gas inside Vietnam’s rightfully EEZ.
At one point, five Chinese ships surrounded a single Vietnamese vessel. A total of eight Vietnamese ships were rammed, hit or sprayed with high pressure hoses. Several Vietnamese marine polices had been injured.
Vietnamese people, including our soldiers, love peace. We struggled nearly 40 years for peace and freedom, that’s why we cherish every moment of peace. But we will utilize everything we have in order to protect our sovereignty.
We hope that peace loving people around the world will join us in the protest against China’s provocation in order to return peace and stability to the Bien Dong (East Sea of Vietnam).
Thank you very much for reading this. Best wishes for you, your family, and every people from your country.
2014年5月2号，中国横行霸道地将海洋石油981钻井平台搬到坐标为北纬15度29分58秒、东经111度12分06秒，完全属于越南专属经济区和大陆架的海域，距离越南李山岛119海里和距离越南海岸线130海里的位置展开作业，同时出动多受护卫船陪同。 中国是1982年《联合国海洋法公约》的签字国，应该按照《公约》第74和83条文办事，要尊重周边沿海国200海里专属经济区和大陆架的主张。据此《公约》，越南是在拥有的主权权利和管辖权的专属经济区和大陆架的海域上有权利开展作业活动的唯一国家。 中国一直特别固执，自己在东海地区画上非法的“牛舌线”。中国自己公布不合理的九段线的主权要求，横行霸道对几乎整个东海地区宣称主权。但是，截至目前，中国从来没有任何资料证明该“牛舌线”的合法性，同时也没有合理及正确的解释它的来历。因此，中国的上述举动是非法和完全违反了越南法律和国际法，违背了《东海各方行为宣言》精神。 越南军队和人民爱护和平，但是我们坚决采取一切必要而合适的措施来维护自己的正当权益和主权。因此，我们希望世界上爱和平人士将与越南人民携手同行，反对中国这一侵略，挑衅行为，保持东海地区原来的和平和稳定。
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