US State Department is concerned about & # 39; China & # 39; s repeated provocative actions & # 39; after Vietnam reported interference in the South China Sea
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to reports about China's interference in oil and gas activities in the South China Sea Saturday
- The agency called the reported actions from China & # 39; provocative & # 39; and & # 39; bullying & # 39;
- Vietnam had accused a Chinese oil research vessel of having violated its sovereignty
- The countries have argued over the potentially energy-rich waters
The US Department of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday that it is concerned about reports of China's interference in oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including the lengthy exploration and production activities in Vietnam.
& # 39; China & # 39; s repeated provocative actions aimed at offshore oil and gas development of other claimant states threaten regional energy security and undermine the free and open Indo-Pacific energy market & # 39 ;, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Vietnam on Friday accused a Chinese oil inspection vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters.
The US Department of Foreign Affairs said it was concerned by the Vietnam report that China is involved in the oil and gas activities of the nation in the South China Sea (file image)
& # 39; In recent days, the Chinese survey vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts have carried out activities in the southern part of the Baltic Sea that have violated Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, & # 39; said spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. in a statement, according to Al Jazeera.
Baltic Sea is the Vietnamese name for the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire sea, including the waters within the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam.
Hang added that the southern part of the sea & # 39; is completely in Vietnamese waters & # 39 ;.
Vietnam and China have been involved for years in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich waters in the South China Sea.
On Wednesday, two US-based think tanks reported that Chinese and Vietnamese ships had been working for several weeks near an oil block in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam. Neither Beijing nor Hanoi have directly confirmed or refused the reports.
Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang said on Friday that a Chinese research vessel had violated the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf of Vietnam in the sea
Vietnam and China have been involved for years in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich waters of the South China Sea (file image)
& # 39; The United States strongly opposes coercion and intimidation by a claimant to assert its territorial or maritime claims & # 39 ;, said the Foreign Ministry.
& # 39; China must cease its bullying behavior and refrain from participating in this type of provocative and destabilizing activity, & # 39; added it.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also noted Minister Mike Pompeo's comments earlier this year when he said: “By obstructing South China Sea development through coercion, China is preventing ASEAN members from gaining access up to more than $ 2.5 trillion in renewable energy reserves. & # 39;
The Foreign Ministry also said that China's increasing pressure on ASEAN countries to accept provisions that seek to limit their right to cooperate with external companies or countries shows the intention to control oil and gas resources in the South China Sea.
& # 39; The recovery and militarization by China of disputed outposts in the South China Sea … including the use of maritime militias to intimidate, coerce and threaten other countries, undermines the peace and security of the region & # 39; he said.
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