Foreign experts to discuss artificial building in East Sea

(VOV) -An international workshop will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 25 on artificial constructions in the East Sea and their impacts on regional peace, security, economics, and trade.

The organizing board, the Vietnam Lawyers Association and the HCM City Law University, says the workshop will involve over 20 foreign experts on international law and international maritime law from Russia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. 

They will look at construction activities in the East Sea, their legality and impact on international relations. The outcome will serve as evidence for the protection of Vietnam’s sovereignty over sea and islands.

The seminar will provide a scientific forum for participants to analyse and comment on the full picture of illegal construction activities in the East Sea and their impacts on peace, security, economics, trade, maritime and aviation in the region and the world.

The organising board said as seen from the angle of international law, China’s construction of artificial islets in the East Sea completely goes against the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and political commitments between China and ASEAN and Vietnam, especially the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).