ASEAN POLITICS: HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam opposes China’s activities in Hoàng Sa

Lê Thị Thu Hằng. — VNA/VNS Photo Lâm Khánh

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HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam resolutely objects to China’s recent activities in the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago and reiterated Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu Hằng said yesterday.

Hằng made the remarks in response to reporters’ questions regarding China’s recent activities in the area, including celebrations marking six years of the so-called “Sansha city” and installing wave monitoring devices on Phú Lâm Island. Meanwhile, China Central Television’s (CCTV) children’s channel recently organised a reality TV show for kids on the Hoàng Sa archipelago. The Sun Yat-sen University of China also conducted a series of scientific surveys on the Hoàng Sa islands.

Hằng said Việt Nam had sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in line with international law.

“The aforementioned actions of China have not only seriously violated Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa archipelagos but also run counter to the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam and the People’s Republic of China; do not conform to the important common perceptions of the two countries’ senior leaders on controlling sea-related disagreements; as well as disobey the solid development trend of bilateral relations.”

She added that these actions are also “contrary to the spirit and content of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and do not benefit the negotiations between ASEAN and China on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), as well as the maintenance of an environment of peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the East Sea and the region.”

“Việt Nam resolutely opposes these actions and demands China immediately stop the aforementioned activities; respect Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa archipelagoes; seriously implement the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between the Socialist Republic of Việt Nam and the People’s Republic of China, along with the DOC; not continue actions that complicate the situation; and practically and actively contribute to developing the friendship and comprehensive co-operation between Việt Nam and China for the sake of peace, stability, and co-operation in the East Sea and the region,” the spokeswoman said.

A representative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Việt Nam to talk about this issue, Hằng added.  — VNS

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