Beijing more than just a ‘worse violator’ in S China Sea

Three Vietnamese academics take strong issue with a recent Asia Times op-ed

By TRAN HUU DUY MINHHOANG THI NGOC ANH And NGUYEN HAI DUYEN

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

Chinese fishing vessels set sail for the Spratly Islands. Photo: AFP

Chinese fishing vessels set sail for the Spratly Islands. Photo: AFP

In an article recently published by Asia Times, Mark Valencia claims that China is not the only wrongdoer in the South China Sea but Vietnam is as well. This view misinterprets the policy of China in the South China Sea.

China has not only violated the maritime rights of other states but also systemically rejects the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

China maintains maritime claims that are clearly inconsistent with UNCLOS. It denies the awards of the South China Sea Arbitration, which are final and binding. It utilizes the advantages of a more powerful country to realize aggressively its unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea and to disturb the normal and lawful exploitation of other states’ resources in their maritime zones.

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