Hanoi is concerned about the activities of the Chinese fleet in Vietnamese waters

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuoc on Friday expressed serious concern over recent developments in the South China Sea, “where Chinese ships have been anchored in Vietnamese waters” since July, according to him.

In a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, who is currently visiting Vietnam, Fuk expressed protest against the presence of Chinese survey vessels with the Coast Guard in oil-producing waters off the coast of Vietnam.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lucy Hang said the Chinese ships were in a weeks-long standoff with Vietnamese ships, demanding that Beijing “immediately stop this violation of our sovereignty and withdraw all its vessels.”

Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, are at odds with China over wealthy areas in the South China Sea.

Beijing, which says it has a full right to control these areas, has already conducted reclamation operations in those areas.

On Thursday, the United States expressed concern about China’s interference in oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including those in waters claimed by Vietnam.

The US State Department said in a statement that this is an escalation by Beijing in its attempts to intimidate others demanding their right to develop resources in the South China Sea.


This article is written and prepared by our foreign editors writing for VOP from different countries around the world – edited and published by VOP staff in our newsroom.

Our Standards, Terms of Use: Standard Terms And Conditions.

Contact us: [email protected]

VOP Today News — Breaking news source, real-time coverage of the world’s events, life, politics, business, finance, economy, markets, war and conflict zones.

Stay connected with VOP Today News on Twitter – VOP Today News on Facebook, also with our online services http://j.mp/2hDUK4x and never lost the breaking news stories happening around the world.

Support The VOP from as little as $1 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

We are the Voice of People — the only funding and support we get from people – we are categorically not funded by any political party, any government somewhere or from any grouping that supports certain interests – the only support that makes VOP possible came from you.