Moscow (VNA) – Russian researchers studying the East
Sea issues have opposed Chinese coast guard ship’s hitting and sinking
of Vietnamese fishing vessel QNg 90617 TS in the waters of Vietnam’s Hoang
Sa (Paracel) archipelago, saying that that the international community will
Talking with Vietnam
News Agency (VNA) correspondents in Russia, Chairman of the Expert
Council of the Eurasian Foundation for Support of Scientific Research
Grigory Trofimchuk said such inappropriate acts of Chinese vessels have been
condemned by the public, but China has still deliberately ignored.
He said China should exercise self-restraint and avoid similar acts, and
stay calm to properly settle existing issues through peaceful measures.
According to the expert, the incident occurred amid rising uncertainties
across the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which could worsen the
East Sea issue.
He noted that as the number of similar incidents is increasing steadily,
researchers will pay attention to and condemn them at international seminars
and forums on the East Sea issue.
In every circumstance, Vietnam is not alone in the East Sea issue, he
stressed, expressing his belief that the international community will raise
their voice to support Vietnam.
Trofimchuk suggested that Vietnam should take full
advantage of its international tools, including its non-permanent membership
of the United Nations Security Council, as well as cooperation mechanisms
within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially when
the country holds the bloc’s chairmanship this year.
Sharing the same opinion with Trofimchuk, Prof. Vladimur Kolotov from the
Saint Petersburg State University said China is making corrupt use of the
time when many countries worldwide, including Russia and the US, are pooling
resources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, to increase its influence in the
He recommended regional countries to stay alert
against a new wave of escalating tensions in the East Sea, amid the
complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.
Earlier, while answering to reporters’ queries about the incident,
spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang said on April
3 that Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence
affirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly)
archipelagos in accordance with international law.
Such an act by the China coast guard ship violates
Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel islands, causing damage, threatening
the safety of life and the legitimate interests of Vietnamese fishermen.
It also went against the common perception of senior leaders of the two
countries on the humane treatment of fishermen and the Vietnam-China
agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues,
and in contrary to the spirit of the Declaration of Conduct of the Parties
in the East Sea (DOC), which complicates the situation and is not conducive
to the bilateral relations as well as the maintenance of peace, stability
and cooperation in the East Sea, she said./.