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Vietnam Rejects South China Sea Claims Inconsistent with International Law: Spokesperson

Vietnam reaffirmed on January 14 its opposition to any claim inconsistent with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).

Rosy Huong VIETNAM TIMES Sat, January 15, 2022

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Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo:

The reaffirmation was made by foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang when asked to comment on a Limits in the Seas study recently released by the US Department of State.

Vietnam recognises the US Department of State’s announcement of the study, the 150th in the Limits in the Seas series, Hang said.

On South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea) disputes, Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed its consistent and clear view that it always opposes and does not accept any claim inconsistent with international laws, including UNCLOS, Hang stressed.

Vietnam once again asks relevant parties to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the Bien Dong Sea, respect legal and diplomatic processes, implement active and substantive contributions to maintaining peace, stability, security, safety, freedom of maritime and aviation, the integrity of UNCLOS and rules-based order,” Hang said, as cited by VnExpress.

On January 12, the Department of State released the Limits in the Seas study on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.


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