Vietnam mulls legal action over South China Sea dispute

VN MullsHANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam could explore legal action among various options in its territorial dispute with powerful neighbor China in the South China Sea, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Frictions have grown between the two communist-run nations since Beijing in July sent a ship for a months-long seismic survey to an area internationally designated as Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) but also claimed by China.

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ASEAN and the South China Sea: Vietnam's Role as Chair

Asean handshakeOn November 4, the ASEAN chair’s gavel was passed to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam at the closing ceremony of the grouping’s annual summit in Bangkok. Vietnam will serve as the chair of ASEAN, the most important international organization in Southeast Asia, through 2020. This will be a crucial year for the grouping as it attempts to reach the goals set forth in the ASEAN Vision 2020, which was released in 1997 and envisions the establishment of a region of peace, prosperity, and stability. It is especially significant for Vietnam because the chairmanship will offer a unique opportunity to engage the region to take constructive action on the South China Sea disputes which have long threatened regional peace and security. With the chairmanship in hand, now is the time for Hanoi to be more active in fulfilling both its regional and its national responsibilities in the South China Sea.

ASEAN and the South China Sea: Vietnam's Role as Chair

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Recent Dev 2.12BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.


China has reportedly deployed a Zeppelin-like airship to Mischief Reef in the South China Sea.

The aircraft, technically known as an aerostat, appears to be intended to boost China’s reconnaissance capabilities in the hotly disputed Spratly Islands, according to a Nov. 24 tweet by Imagesat International.

“For the first time, #China’s aerostat, probably for #military #intelligence-gathering purposes, seen by #ISI at #Mischief Reef. The use of #aerostat allows China a continuous situational awareness in this resource-rich region,” said the tweet by the company, which provides satellite information to intelligence and defense customers.

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Waves in the South China Sea are getting higher

Chinese sailors qingdaoFor almost two months, a Chinese research chip has been conducting survey activities without permission in the Vietnamese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an action condemned by Vietnam, the U.S., Australia, Japan, India, and the E3 (France, Germany, and the U.K.) Currently, the ship is about 150km southeast of the Vietnamese coast. Hanoi has asked China to immediately withdraw, but China insists the ship is in Chinese jurisdictional waters. Washington uses the word “bullying” – using brute force or strength to hurt or frighten someone who is weaker – to describe China’s actions against Vietnam and other Asian countries. In fact, the power gap between China and other countries has been widening, as Chinese leadership becomes increasingly confident that it can dominate the South China Sea as a “China Lake” through its expanding military and economic influence, and amid increasing doubt about American commitment to regional security.

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China’s scheming tricks for the "nine-dash line" propaganda

http a long time, Chinese authorities and media have used every means to propagate its irrational "nine-dash line" claim in the South China Sea. We may still remember that 10 years ago, after sending the "nine-dash line" map to the United Nations in 2009, China started to actively propagate this irrational claim.

In 2012, China printed the "nine-dash line" in the passports of Chinese citizens, which faced strong opposition from other countries. The Philippines and Vietnam have refused to stamp visas on China's electronic passports and granted stapled visas instead.

Has it been recently that "the South China Sea is still peaceful?"

From perspective of FrenchOverthe last year, since August 2018, China and ASEAN countries have reached the single draft negotiating text on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) and after that China has been propagating to the public opinion that "the South China Sea is still peaceful", causing public opinion in and outside the region to mistakenly believe that the South China Sea is truly peaceful and therefore somewhat distracting. But the truth is not so. In fact, many of China's actions have made the South China Sea situation still very complicated, attracting attention and monitoring not only from regional researchers but also from the European strategic ones. Recently, several French strategic research agencies have made assessment of what China is doing in the South China Sea. Accordingly, China has been involving in the follows:

Vietnam should take a tougher stand against Chinese invasion

Bài 2As Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel group repeatedly violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf since early July 2019 – not only moving closer to Vietnamese coast, expanding its activity scale, but also increasing its aggressiveness, the Institute for Legal and Development Policy Studies on October 6, 2019 held a seminar on the South China Sea in Hanoi. Many researchers, experts and former officials, including Dr. Hoang Ngoc Giao, Mr. Hoang Viet, Brigadier Le Van Cuong, former Ambassadors Nguyen Truong Giang, Nguyen Trung and Truong Trieu Duong participated in the seminar.

China continues to increase aggression in Vietnam's waters

Bai 1According to the latest tracking data that US Marine University’s marine expert Ryan Martinson updated on September 30, China's Haiyang Dizhi 08vessel returned to Vietnam's waters for the fourth time.

China’s Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group increased its aggression by sailing further into the waters of Vietnam, only about 100 nautical miles away from the Vietnamese coast. The areas where the vessel group operates this time were nine oil and gas lots which China illegally put up forbidding in 2012.

New wave of criticism against China’s behavior in South China Sea becomes Vietnam’s legal advantages

New waveSince China’s deployment Haiyang 08 ship and many escorts to conduct illegal surveys in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam as well as intimidate and hinder the oil and gas cooperation activities of Vietnam for a long time, there have been many suggestions that Vietnam should sue China like the Philippines did in 2013. This article would like to mention another aspect related to the legal struggle: the strong reaction of international community criticizing Chinese behavior will create a great advantage for Vietnam when using legal measures to protect its legal rights and interests in South China Sea.

China’s missile testing threatens peace in the South China Sea


China tests missile China conducted large-scale military drills in the South China Sea from June 29 to July 3, 2019. The area for the exercises was located between Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands. What raising both the world’s and the region’s concerns was China’s first-time anti-submarine missile fire testing, during this exercise, from man-made features that China has illegally built in the South China Sea in recent years. Currently, China has about 27 military outposts scattered in the South China Sea.

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