UNCLOS and Vietnam’s right to sovereign jurisdiction

By Carlyle A. Thayer

Vietnam has officially confirmed the fact that a Chinese survey ship entered Vietnam’s Vanguard Bank on its southern continental shelf. The Vietnamese media has been given permission to publish this information since last night.

The incident at Vanguard Bank appears to be shaping up into the largest conflict between China and Vietnam since the Hai Yang Shi You 981 crisis in 2014.

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