Vietnam urgently requests China to immediately end its construction projects on the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and refrain from illegal activities in the future.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh on November 6 made the request in response to China’s illegal construction on Chu Thap (Cross) Rocks, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago.
“Vietnam has full legal and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over the archipelagos of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa,” he said.
China’s above-mentioned activities violated international law and ran counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), as well as the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between the two countries, Binh said.
“Vietnam resolutely opposes these illegal acts and demands the Chinese side respect the country’s sovereignty and strictly observe the DOC,” the spokesman reiterated.
In another move, Foreign Ministry representatives met with representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi to present the note of opposition.-