JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam requires China to end military drill in Hoang Sa archipelago

Vietnam requires China to end military drill in Hoang Sa archipelago

Friday, August 06, 2021, 16:38 GMT+7
Vietnam requires China to end military drill in Hoang Sa archipelago
Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam has demanded that China stop carrying out a military exercise in the former's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago as the action violates the Southeast Asian country’s sovereignty.

Vietnam has sufficient historical evidence and legal grounds to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in accordance with international law, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reiterated during a regular press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“China’s military drill in Hoang Sa has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands and gone against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the [East Vietnam Sea] (DOC),” Hang said.

The action complicated the situation, hampered current negotiations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a Code of Conduct for the East Vietnam Sea (COC), as well as affected the maintenance of peace, stability, and cooperation in the maritime area.

Vietnam required China to respect its sovereignty over Hoang Sa, stop and not repeat similar violations that further complicate the situation in the waterway.

China on Wednesday announced that its military drill would take place from Friday to Tuesday in an over-100,000-square-kilometer area in the northern section of the East Vietnam Sea.

The area includes large parts of the Hoang Sa islands, which belong to Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday claimed during the ASEAN-China session, part of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and related meetings, that the situation in the East Vietnam Sea has been stable thanks to the joint efforts of China and ASEAN.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

Vietnam, Japan ink defense transfer deal in Hanoi

The two sides welcomed the signing of the Japan-Vietnam Defense Equipment and Technology Transfer Agreement, and decided to accelerate consultations on the transfer of specific equipment including vessels

1 week ago
;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Latest news