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China's Hoang Sa airstrip ‘illegal'

Update: October, 10/2014 - 09:16
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien

HA NOI (VNS) — China's efforts to build a 2,000m airstrip on Phu Lam island in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago did not alter the fact that Viet Nam held indisputable rights over the archipelago, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said yesterday.

"Viet Nam has full legal basis and historical evidence that affirms its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos," Binh told a press conference.

"The action by China seriously violates Viet Nam's sovereignty over the archipelagos, infringing the Viet Nam–China agreement on the basic principles guiding the settlement of issues at sea signed in October 2011," Binh said.

He said the move also went against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) reached between China and ASEAN in 2002 and the common perspective voiced by the two countries' leaders.

Furthermore, he said it violated international law and further complicated the situation in the East Sea and the region by harming the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

"Viet Nam strongly protests China 's illegal actions," he said, saying that Viet Nam demanded China respect Viet Nam's sovereignty and refrain from repeating similar actions.

Binh also reported that the Netherlands had identified three Vietnamese citizens aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in the Ukraine in July.

They were Nguyen Ngoc Minh and her daughter and son, Dang Minh Chau and Dang Quoc Duy.

The Foreign Ministry asked the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands to help the family of the victims bring them home on October 12 for burial.

The ministry extended deepest sympathies to the family of the victims. — VNS

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