Washington is concerned that China intervenes in “long exploration and exploitation activities of Vietnam” in the South China Sea, according to a July 20 statement by the US Department of State.
“The United States is concerned about the information that China intervenes in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, including Vietnam’s long-term exploration (here),” the statement said.
“China’s consecutive provocative actions aimed at parties’ oil exploration activities threaten regional energy security and affect the free and open energy market in India – the Pacific. “, a statement from spokesman Morgan Ortagus stated.
“China should stop bullying and not provoke acts of provocation and instability,” the representative of the State Department said.
The US State Department’s announcement that Pompeo Foreign Minister announced earlier this year said China “to prevent economic development in the South China Sea through coercion … does not allow ASEAN member countries to access energy reserves.” amount of 2,500 billion USD here ”.
The statement used many strong words to condemn China to militarize the South China Sea, using militia ships to “overwhelm, coerce and threaten other countries, endanger regional peace and security.” .
The United States also criticized China “increasingly pressuring ASEAN countries to accept the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) with provisions restricting the rights of countries to cooperate with companies and other countries. three “, and this shows Beijing’s intention to control all oil resources in the South China Sea.
The announcement was made after Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry on July 19 voiced objections to Chinese ships violating Vietnam’s sovereignty over the South China Sea.
In a statement released on July 19, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang said in recent days, China’s Hai Duong 8 survey ship group had violated the exclusive economic zone. and Vietnam’s continental shelf in the southern region of Sea.
The spokesperson said Vietnam had repeatedly contacted China on different channels, handed over a protest, insisting on the immediate termination of violations and withdrawing all ships out of Vietnamese waters. Male; respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction because of bilateral and stable and peaceful relations in the region.
Vietnam’s maritime functional forces continue to implement many appropriate measures to enforce sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in a peaceful and lawful manner to protect Vietnam’s waters.
According to the Vietnamese spokesman, maintaining order, peace and security in it is a common interest of countries inside and outside the region as well as the international community.
“Therefore, Vietnam wants the relevant countries and the international community to work together to contribute to the protection and maintenance of this common interest, the spokesman affirmed,” Hang said.