East Sea tensions see no signs of cooling down

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 18:18 |

Hanoi (VNA) - Tensions in the East Sea have shown no signs of cooling down this year as conflicts and changes of the status quo have continued, said a Vietnamese diplomat.


 In his opening speech at a recent international conference on the East Sea, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Vu Tung, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, cited dangerous clashes between fishing boats and law enforcement ships of countries near Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and especially Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, while island reclamation and militarisation in disputes areas are becoming increasingly complicated. 


The maritime environment in the region has degraded at an alarming rate at the same time, Tung added. 


The diplomat expressed his hope that initiatives will be put forth to help Governments of the concerned countries coordinate with each other to improve security and common development in the East Sea, especially ideas aiming to build, consolidate and utilise regional security mechanisms to manage disputes and handle complex issues in the sea peacefully./.   

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