US Senator and Congressman criticise China's acts in East Sea

VNA - US Senator John McCain on May 7 released a statement criticising China for its recent acts to intentionally escalate tensions in the East Sea.
" China's decision to begin drilling for oil off the coast of Vietnam, and its deployment of dozens of naval vessels to support that provocative action, is deeply concerning and serves only to escalate tensions in the East Sea," the senator said.
Chinese ships have swarmed and rammed Vietnamese coastguard vessels in yet another instance of aggressive maritime harassment. There should be no doubt that China bears full responsibility for this unilateral attempt to change the status quo.
"These Chinese actions rest on territorial claims that have no basis in international law. In fact, China's drilling is occurring squarely within Vietnam 's Exclusive Economic Zone, as defined clearly in international law," stressed John McCain.
It is incumbent upon on all responsible nations to insist that China's leaders take immediate steps to deescalate tensions and revert to the status quo ante, he said.
VNA - US Congressman Eni Faleomavaega has strongly condemned China for violating Vietnam 's sovereignty in the East Sea and called upon the US to make a clear and decisive response to China's acts.
In his press release issued on May 8, Eni Faleomavaega, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, which has broad jurisdiction for US policy affecting the region, including Vietnam and China, strongly criticised China for its May 2 placement of an oil drilling rig in Vietnamese waters and deployment of dozens of naval vessels to support this provocative action.
On May 3 and May 5, China issued notices banning all vessels from entering the area and stating that the rig will conduct exploratory drilling, he said.
"Hai Yang Shi You 981 is anchored within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf of Vietnam , about 120 nautical miles from Ly Son island of Vietnam ," he affirmed.
He expressed thank to US Senator John McCain for his leadership in unequivocally stating that China 's territorial claims to these waters have no basis in international law.
"Simply put, China 's provocative actions are an escalation of its intent to threaten peace and maritime security in the East Sea ," he stressed.
The press release also listed a series of China's other provocative acts in the East Sea, including the escalation of its claims of the ‘nine-dash line' since 2009, the cutting of the cables of Vietnam's ‘Binh Minh II' and ‘Viking II' ships in May and June 2011, and the establishment of the so-called "Sansha City" in June 2012.
China has also implemented measures to enforce ‘Fishery Law of the People's Republic of China' (entering into force since January 2014), enhanced oil explorations in disputed areas, attacked Vietnamese fishing vessels, launched patrol boats, and conducted military exercises in the East Sea to flex its power and deter other claimants, it said.