|Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Pham Thu Hang. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam opposes China's illegal construction and expansion on Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago and has requested China immediately desist these wrongful actions, Deputy Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Pham Thu Hang said at a press conference yesterday in Ha Noi.
"Viet Nam has sufficient legal and historical evidence validating its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos," she said.
China illegally built and expanded structures on rocks and changed the status quo on Truong Sa Archipelago, Hang said. This not only seriously violated Viet Nam's sovereignty, but also defied the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, signed by China and ASEAN member nations.
Responding to a question on China's 2015 defence budget increase, she said Viet Nam hoped that as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and an important player in the region, China would responsibly and constructively contribute to maintaining regional and global peace, stability, security, co-operation and development.
Regarding China's launch of an English and Japanese language website on Beijing's sovereignty over a disputed chain of islands on the East China Sea, Hang noted: "All sides need to solve disagreements through peaceful means and with respect for international laws,"
When asked about the Vietnamese American extradited from the UK to the US to face trial for supporting terrorism, Hang said Viet Nam was re-examining the relevant information in this case. "Viet Nam formally condemns any forms of terrorism and considers individuals or organisations involved in terrorist activities fully responsible for their actions," she said — VNS