China’s vessels halt survey in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone

Friday, 2019-08-09 10:33:26
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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – China’s survey vessel group Haiyang Dizhi 8 had halted its geological survey activities in Vietnam’s UNCLOS-defined exclusive economic zone and southeastern continental shelf on August 7, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on August 8.

Hang made the affirmation while answering reporters’ queries regarding the latest developments of the operation of the Chinese survey vessel group in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

Competent Vietnamese agencies are continuing to keep a close watch on the situation, the spokeswoman added.

Over the past days, Vietnam has repeatedly voiced its opinions on the incident and implemented measures at all levels and under various forms in accordance with international law and the 1982 UNCLOS, she said.

“Vietnam calls on countries to respect its sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction in line with international law,” Hang said.

She highlighted Vietnam’s goodwill to stand ready to hold dialogues with concerned countries to settle disputes, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and development in the East Sea, and promoting the friendship and cooperation between countries.

* Answering reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s measures to prevent foreign goods disguised as “made-in-Vietnam” products for exports to other countries, Hang said that Vietnam resolutely prevents and strictly handles trade and origin frauds in the domestic market as well as export-import activities in a bid to protect legitimate interests of local businesses and consumers.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has ratified a project on strengthening State management over the prevention of trade remedies evasion and origin frauds, she said, adding that the leader has instructed relevant ministries and agencies to drastically and synchronously implement many measures to raise the awareness and intensify the State management over export-import activities and foreign investment, seriously observe legal regulations on trade remedies, origins and customs, the prevention of trade remedies evasion and mete out strict punishment to any violation.

The spokesperson said Vietnam’s relevant ministries and agencies have seriously materialised the project, adding that the Ministry of Industry and Trade is promptly building specific regulations and criteria, which will serve as the foundation to identify made-in-Vietnam products.

Customs agencies have also coordinated with competent agencies to step up inspection and supervision over export-import activities, especially goods prone to trade frauds, investigate and strictly handle trade frauds.

Besides, competent Vietnamese agencies have enhanced cooperation and information exchange with competent agencies of foreign countries in order to prevent, detect and promptly handle trade frauds in export-import activities, Hang said.