Oct 29, 2019 / 09:36

Vietnam lawmakers urge resolution on South China Sea issues

The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese lawmakers said it`s time to take a resolution which shows the country`s clear attitude towards the maritime dispute.

Vietnamese lawmakers have urged the National Assembly (NA) – the country’s highest legislative body – to take a resolution on the South China Sea issues which have become tense recently due to Chinese aggression. 
 
Lawmaker Duong Trung Quoc. Photo: Thanh Tra
Lawmaker Duong Trung Quoc. Photo: Thanh Tra

It’s time for the NA to show its clear attitude towards any issue relating to the national sovereignty as its role is to represent the people nationwide, NA deputy Duong Trung Quoc said on the sidelines of the ongoing NA sitting. 

The resolution will show a multi-dimension of the issues that covers the country’s stance, protest, approach, and support by locals and international communities, the Thanh Tra newspaper quoted Quoc as saying. 

Echoing Quoc, NA deputy Nguyen Anh Tri said he hoped the NA would soon take a resolution showing its clear stance on the South China Sea issues. 

 
Lawmaker Nguyen Anh Tri. Photo: Thanh Tra
Lawmaker Nguyen Anh Tri. Photo: Thanh Tra

There should have a resolution which shows the Vietnamese people’s aspiration of keeping the sovereignty integrity and it should be the guideline for all people, Tri added. 

On Monday morning [October 28], Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh presented a report on the South China Sea issues at the NA. 

Set in the agenda 

 
A National Assembly session. Photo: Zing
A National Assembly session. Photo: Zing

The South China Sea issues have been put in the agenda at the 8th session of the 14th NA, which will last until November 28. 

At the session’s opening remark on October 21, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan mentioned the SCS issues in three main topic of the month-long setting. 

On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the government will set military enhancement one of three main duties that his cabinet will conduct in 2020. 

He noted that Vietnam never compromises on the sovereignty while keeping peace for the development. 

Earlier this month, speaking at the 11th plenary session of the Party Central Committee, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State President Nguyen Phu Trong called on country to be ready for all possibilities in its territorial waters. 

Carl Thayer, emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales Canberra, was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying that Trong’s message to the committee – which sets policy guidelines – could signal that Hanoi was unlikely to back away from a confrontation with Beijing over South China Sea possessions.