HA NOI — Viet Nam protests China's establishment of the so-called "Sansha city" and the Chinese Central Military Commission's official decision to form a "garrison command" on Phu Lam island in Viet Nam's Hoang Sa archipelago.
The move by China on July 19 also included China's organisation of the election of the first Municipal People's Congress of the so-called "Sansha city" on July 21, a move that Viet Nam also protests.
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi yesterday said China's establishment of the so-called "Sansha city" and its implementation of the above-mentioned activities have seriously violated international law and Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.
"These actions are void," said Nghi. "China's activities run counter to the common perception of the two countries' leaders, violate the agreement on basic principles on the settlement of sea issues between Viet Nam and China signed in October 2011, and go against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, thus making the situation in the East Sea more complicated."
"Viet Nam resolutely opposes China's above-mentioned activities and requests China respect its sovereignty, immediately stop and cancel its wrongful activities, thus making practical contributions to the development of friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and China as well as maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea."
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry yesterday sent a dispatch of protest to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
On the same day, Chairman of the People's Committee of the central coastal city of Da Nang Van Huu Chien and Chairman of the People's Committee of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa Nguyen Chien Thang released a statement opposing China 's aforementioned activities.
The authorities and people of Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa Province are once again deeply concerned and dissatisfied at the Chinese Central Military Commission's official decision to form a "garrison command" of the so-called Sansha city on July 19 and China's organisation of the election of the first Municipal People's Congress of the so-called "Sansha city" on July 21, they said.
China 's wrongful activities cannot change the fact that the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes are an inseparable part of Viet Nam's territory, they added.
Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa Province strongly oppose and request China to immediately stop activities violating international law and Viet Nam's law, blocking joint efforts to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and damaging the two peoples' friendship. — VNS