The Hanoitimes - Vietnam yesterday announced its opposes to China’s live-fire exercises near Vietnam’s Paracel archipelago earlier this month.
The move seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands, said spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang on May 31 in reply to reporters’ question over Vietnam’s reaction to the action.
The action goes against the Vietnam-China Agreement on Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Maritime Issues, violated the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (which Vietnam calls East Sea) and negatively affected the negotiation of a Code of Conduct in the waters (COC), she said. It is not beneficial for maintaining the peaceful and stable environment and cooperation in the waters and the good relation between Vietnam and China as well as China and China, especially amid the on-going negotiation of COC.
Spokesperson of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang
“Vietnam requests that China put an end to these activities immediately, and seriously respect Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spartly) Islands," she pressed. “Vietnam has full historical evidence and legal basis to historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the the Paracels and Spratlys in accordance with international law”, Hang added.