VN asks China to maintain peace in East Sea
10:22 | 09/05/2018
VGP – Viet Nam asks China, as a large nation in the region and the world, to perform its responsibility in maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, stated Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on May 8.

Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang

Hang was in reply to reporters’ questions related to news run by foreign media that China has placed missiles at structures it illegally constructed on Viet Nam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.

Viet Nam is deeply concerned about the information, said Hang, affirming that all militarised activities, including the installation of missiles on Truong Sa archipelago, seriously violate the country’s sovereignty over the islands, go against the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China, and infringe the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) between ASEAN and China. The actions cause tension and instability in the region and harm efforts of nations in negotiating for a Code of Conduct in the East Sea, she added.

“Viet Nam has sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos in line with international law,” she stressed.

Viet Nam asks China not to conduct militarised activities and withdraw all military equipment that it has illegally deployed in structures belonging to Viet Nam’s sovereignty, Hang underscored.

She also requested China to respect Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagos, and strictly abide by the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China as well as the DOC. - VNA

 

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