Hành động Trung quốc mở thầy các lô dầu khí mang tính chất chính trị nhiều hơn là thương mại. Khu mở thầu này nằm trong vùng 200 hải lý của Việt Nam, theo Luật Biển 1982 và các công ty nước ngoài sẽ phải cân nhắc kỹ trước khi tham gia.
The international seminar on the East Sea was held in Washington in the US on June 27 and 28 by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
Professor Carlyle Thayer from the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, said that it is to “retaliate, to play back, for Vietnam’s passing its law by offering oil exploration blocks, all of which are in Vietnam economic zone.” He believed that it’s more of a political act than a commercial one by China.
Dr. Bonnie Glasser, senior fellow with the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies, said that foreign oil companies will see “very high potential for some kind of conflict”. “I think that they will think twice before they would want to participate in bidding at this point … large companies like Chevron would be quite reluctant,” she said.
Addressing the seminar on June 28, US Senator Joe Liberman (D-Connecticut) said that the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) announcement to invite international bids for nine oil and gas blocks within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone is “quite provocative”. “On its face,” he said, “it’s an unprecedented and unfounded claim, that’s within an economic zone recognized by international law that is Vietnam’s”.
The senator believed that it’s “a response to the Vietnam asserting its own legal rights by domestic law just last week”.
At the seminar, academics from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Japan and the US discussed issues relating to recent developments in the East Sea, US-China- ASE AN relations and international laws and practices when solving disputes.
Kunt Campell, the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs also attended the event