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China’s exercises in western part of the Leizhou Peninsula unrelated to Vietnam’s waters: foreign ministry spokesperson

November 20, 2020 | 08:55

China’s exercises in the western part of the Leizhou Peninsula from November 17-30 do not affect Vietnam’s waters.

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Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: VnExpress

China’s exercises in the western part of the Leizhou Peninsula from November 17-30 do not affect Vietnam’s waters, Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on November 19.

“Military activities at sea as informed by China from November 17-30 are within the country’s waters, and have no relations to the waters of Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction defined in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Hang told a press conference.

Chinese media on November 16 reported that Chinese army would hold exercises in a sea region west of the Leizhou Peninsula and the Honghai Bay, off the coast of Guangdong province, on November 17.

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The Vietnam-China Agreement on Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin defines the scope and the legal regime of maritime boundary, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of each country. Photo: The World and Vietnam Report

The Maritime Safety Administration of South China's Guangdong province said no other ships will be allowed to enter the restricted zones, but gave no details of the drills.

Hang said the Vietnam-China Agreement on Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Tonkin defines the scope and the legal regime of maritime boundary, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of each country in line with the UNCLOS.

The Chinese army has recently stepped exercises in regional waters as well as skies near Taiwan island in the context of the US-China relationship at its worst in decades.

A Taiwanese plan was advised not to enter the airspace of Kong Kong while it was en route to the Dongsha (Pratas) Islands on October 15 as China was conducting fire drills in the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea)./.

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