Fishing vessels of Vietnam on East Sea (Illustrative photo: VNA)

Their statement stressed that the incident and China’s other activities on illegally reclaimed features in the East Sea are deeply concerning and undermining regional stability at a time when the international community should be coming together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

They condemned China’s actions as causing division and tension in the East Sea, and called on the US to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific and to promote peaceful activities in the East Sea./.