Responding to a reporter's question regarding the Philippines' submission of an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) claim in the East Sea (South China Sea) to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), Hang said coastal states, as parties to the UNCLOS 1982, have the right to determine their outer continental shelf boundaries in line with relevant provisions of the UNCLOS 1982.

Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang

However, when submitting their ECS claims, coastal states must respect the legal and legitimate rights and interests of other relevant coastal nations with opposite or adjacent coasts, she said.

Accordingly, Vietnam asserts its full rights and interests under international law, particularly the UNCLOS 1982, and stays ready to discuss with the Philippines to seek and achieve a solution that is mutually beneficial for both countries, the spokeswoman stressed.

Source: VNA