Joint exploration, however, won't work with China. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong says it will be like recognizing China's claim and falling into its trap.
To keep peace and stability in the South China Sea, the
Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong, however, said the same idea will not work with
“From my own point of view, I think that we can share and we can put aside differences, and we can jointly cooperate with each other to explore it,” Duong said weeks after
The 58-year-old ambassador explained that overlapping claims between the
“So we'll fall into the trap of
'That goodwill evaporated'
“Vietnamese and Chinese interests over the
The New York Times also noted Vietnam and China's announcement in 2013 “that they would try to find ways to jointly develop oil and gas fields.” “That goodwill evaporated,” however, because of the oil rig incident this year, the New York Times said.
For now, then, one of
During his interview with Rappler, Duong explained that the
[Video interview: Vietnam, Philippines can share disputed sea, ambassador says
He said the two countries, for one, belong to the same regional bloc – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Both countries also signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
In contrast, he said: “
When asked if
The most important thing he wants to stress, Duong said, is that the
“We are on the same side.”