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Vietnam concerned about China’s missile systems in East Sea
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Vietnam concerned about China’s missile systems in East Sea

HCMC – Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence of its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, said Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Hang made the statement on May 8 as local media asked her about foreign news reports that China had installed missile systems into the structures that had been illegally built on Vietnam’s Spratly islands.

A report by the U.S. news website CNBC on May 2 said China had installed anti-ship cruise missile and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its fortified outposts in the East Sea. The missile platforms were reportedly moved to the outposts in the Spratly Islands within the past 30 days.

Vietnamese spokesperson Hang stressed all military activities, including the deployment of missiles on the Spratlys, seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, and run counter to the Vietnam-China agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.

Such activities could also raise tensions, destabilize the region, and do harm to the efforts of relevant countries in negotiations over a Code of Conduct in the East Sea, she added.

Vietnam urged China to take responsible measures for maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, and remove illegally installed military equipment from the islands.

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