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Remarks by MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh on the operation of China’s HYSY 981 oil rig in the area outside the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin
(11/04/2016)

Answering queries on Viet Nam’s response to the operation of China’s HYSY 981 oil rig in the area outside the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin, on 7 April 2016, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated:

“According to relevant Vietnamese authorities, in the evening of 3 April 2016, China’s HYSY 981 oil rig moved to a location at 17º3’12” N/110º04’18”E for drilling operation. The location is in the area outside the mouth of the Gulf of Tonkin, of which Viet Nam and China are negotiating delimitation.

Viet Nam resolutely opposes the activity and demands China to cancel its drilling plan, immediately withdraw the HYSY 981 oil rig from the area, take no more unilateral action that complicates the situation, and make practical contribution to peace and stability in the East Sea.

Viet Nam reserves all of its legal rights and interests appicable in the area, as well as the right to use all peaceful means in accordance with international law to protect these legitimate rights and interests.”

* In the afternoon of 5 April 2016, a Vietnamese MOFA representative met and handed a diplomatic note to a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi to protest.

Source: mofa.gov.vn

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