Vietnam called for the instant withdrawal of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea as the standoff on the disputed waters worsened.
Last week, Beijing released a fresh call for Hanoi to respect its resource-rich region claims— historically challenged by Vietnam as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
Hanoi reacted by stating it had sent several emails to Beijing demanding that a Chinese survey ship vacate its waters and doubled Thursday with fresh requirements for the removal of the vessel.
Vietnam has had several suitable diplomatic exchanges requesting instant withdrawal from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
According to the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the ship, owned by the government-run China Geological Survey, began research on the contested Spratly Islands on July 3.
Before it was spotted, a Chinese coast guard ship also patrolled in a menacing way near Vietnamese supply vessels.
China has not confirmed its ships’ presence in the area. Beijing invokes its so-called nine-dash line to justify its apparently historic waterway privileges, and has earlier constructed artificial islands as well as installed airstrips and military facilities in the region.
The line runs as far as 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from the Chinese mainland to within a few hundred kilometers from the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam. Beijing shifted an oil rig into waters claimed by Hanoi in 2014, sparking lethal anti-China demonstrations across Vietnam.
The recent stand-off in the Sea spurred a swift reproach from the United States over the weekend calling for an end to China’s intimidation behavior.
China’s repeated provocative activities directed at the offshore oil and gas growth of other claimant nations are threatening regional energy security.
The United States has long called for liberty of navigation in the South China Sea, and said it sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait.