HA NOI— China must immediately cancel its nation-wide plan for islands protection, strictly follow DOC, and take no more actions that may complicate the situation in the East Sea.
Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement yesterday while answering reporters' questions on the China State Oceanic Administration's announcement on April 19 of the nation-wide plan for island protection during 2011-20 with a vision to 2030. The plan divides the East Sea into seven sea areas, including Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos of Viet Nam.
"Viet Nam affirms its indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, as well as the sovereignty and jurisdiction rights in the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf under the regulations of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea," the spokesman said.
"The Chinese State Oceanic Administration's announcement of the implementation of the nation-wide plan on island protection seriously violates Viet Nam's sovereignty over the two archipelagos and its sovereignty and jurisdiction rights in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, violates the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and runs counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC)," he said. — VNS