China strongly dissatisfied with Vietnam's invite for exploration bidding

Oct 27, 2004 02:00 AM

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said China is seriously concerned and strongly dissatisfied with PetroVietnam's unilaterally inviting public bidding on oil and gas exploration in some of the controversial waters of the South China Sea.
Zhang Qiyue said as is known to all, China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters. The above action by the Vietnamese side constitutes an infringement upon China's sovereign rights and maritime rights and interests. The Chinese side feels seriously concerned and strongly dissatisfied with its above action and has lodged a representation to the Vietnamese side.

Zhang Qiyue said, “We hope that the Vietnamese side would correct its wrong conduct as soon as possible by faithfully abiding by the consensus reached by the both sides and the purposes and principles of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.”
“It should cease to adopt any unilateral action that would complicate or give rise tofurther expansion of the disputes, and work together with countries concerned in the area to maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea area with practical action.”

“At the same time, we also hope that relevant international petroleum companies would truly respect the solemn stance of the Chinese Government on this issue and cease to do anything that would impair China's sovereign rights and maritime rights and interests.”

Source: People's Daily Online
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