Vietnam requests China to respect
its sovereignty and take no actions that escalate tensions and complicate
the situation, affecting peace and stability in the East Sea and the region,
as well as efforts of countries in
negotiations of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), spokesperson of the
Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang said.
Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry
of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang
Hang made the remarks at the
ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on March 26, while answering
reporters’ queries regarding Vietnam’s response to Chinese media’s
information about China’s launch of two research stations on Fiery Cross and
Subi Reefs of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
She reiterated that Vietnam has
sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence testifying its sovereignty
over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagos in line with
Therefore, all activities on those
islands must have Vietnam’s permission, the spokesperson stressed.
Regarding Taiwan (China)’s
live-fire drill around Ba Binh (Itu Aba) island in Truong Sa, Hang described
the exercise as an action that has seriously violated Vietnam’s territorial
sovereignty over the archipelago, threatened peace, stability, safety and
security of navigation, caused tensions and complicated the situation in the
Vietnam absolutely opposes and
requests Taiwan not to repeat such violation in the future, she said./.