China’s deployment of survey vessel group Haiyang
Dizhi-8 to Tu Chinh reef (Vanguard Bank) in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
has violated international law, Associate Prof. Ryan Martinson of the US Naval
War College said.
DK1/12 rig is located on the southern continental shelf
Vietnam has repeatedly asked the vessel group to
withdraw from its EEZ, Martinson said in an article recently published on the
Republic of Korea (RoK)’s m.newsprime.co.kr website, noting that China has
infringed upon Vietnam’s EEZ as defined ininternational law.
The Tu Chinh reef does not belong to China’s EEZ and
continental shelf, but it completelybelongs to Vietnam’s EEZ and 200-nautical
mile continental shelf as clearlydefined in the 1982 United Nations Convention
on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),he said.
Although China is a permanent member of the UN Security
Council and there areChinese judges in some international courts such as the
International Court ofJustice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the
Sea, the country hascontinuously declined to settle sea and island disputes at
international lawenforcement agencies and international organisations, he said.
The expert stressed that according to international law
practice, the mosteffective way to resolve disputes relating to sovereignty,
sovereign rights andjurisdiction is to observe basic principles of international
law approved bycountries./. VNA