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Vietnam opposes China’s recent illegal activities in East Sea
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Vietnam opposes China’s recent illegal activities in East Sea

The Saigon Times

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Vietnam strongly opposes China’s recent illegal activities on Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, stressing all activities on the two archipelagoes without Vietnam’s permission are invalid and negatively affect peace and stability in the East Sea, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press briefing this afternoon, August 6.

China has recently illegally sent fighter aircraft and battleships to the Spratly Archipelago. Satellite images in July also showed that at least four Chinese fighter aircraft were illegally present on Phu Lam Island of the Paracel Archipelago.

Hang said the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes are inseparable parts of Vietnam. The Vietnamese Government is determined to protect its sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the archipelagoes and waters of the East Sea, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Regarding the information that China is developing a reconnaissance network in the East Sea, Hang said: “Maintaining peace, stability and security in the East Sea is the interest and responsibility of all countries in the region and the international community.” Therefore, all countries must act responsibly and avoid complicating the situation in the East Sea.

Regarding a diplomatic note sent by Australia to the United Nations to reject the Chinese Government's claims in the East Sea, Hang said Vietnam welcomes other countries’ stance on the East Sea issues in line with international law.

Following the statement issued at the 36th ASEAN Summit, Vietnam always considers the 1982 UNCLOS as a legal framework for all activities at sea. The respect of legal maritime order and the full and responsible implementation of the 1982 UNCLOS are pivotal in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the East Sea.

Vietnam calls on other countries and the international community to contribute to realizing these goals and resolve disputes through dialogues and other peaceful measures, in accordance with international law.

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