“Continuous line” map - new wine in old bottles
The story of the “nine-dash line”, the so-called China’s claim in the South China Sea, or the East Sea as it is called in Vietnam, seems to have sunk into the past after the award of the Arbitral Tribunal in the Philippines case against China in 2016. In this ruling, the Tribunal rejected the so-called “historic rights” of China in the waters within the “nine-dash line”. The idea is that the “nine-dash line” no longer exists after the ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal, but recently, the international press is stirred about the “nine-dash line” but under a new shape.
Draft rules set for vessels passing territorial sea of Vietnam
All kinds of vessels, regardless of their flag states and tonnage, might enjoy the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea of Vietnam, provided they respect peace, independence, sovereignty and law of the nation and treaties to which Vietnam is a contracting party, as well as the Minister of Transport’s principle of preventing collisions at sea.