PHL government believes Vietnam’s position on maritime dispute helpful

“The Vietnamese position is helpful in terms of promoting the rule of law and in finding peaceful and nonviolent solutions to the South China Sea claims based on international law, including United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released Sunday, December 14.

“This promotes peace and stability in our region,” it added.

“Vietnam naturally seeks to protect its own interests. What we understand, however, consistent with our previous discussions, is that the Vietnam’s basic position largely accords with ours with regards to the South China Sea,” DFA explained.

Last week, Vietnam expressed that it also believes that the international tribunal has jurisdiction over the arbitration case filed initiated by Philippines. “Vietnam has expressed its position to the Tribunal regarding this case, and requested the Tribunal to pay due attention to the legal rights and interests of Vietnam,” Vietnam Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said.