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Taiwan urged to respect VN islands

Update: December, 14/2015 - 08:48
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam requests that Taiwan (China) immediately end its actions that violate Viet Nam's sovereignty and not to repeat such violations, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said yesterday.

The spokesperson made the demand after Taiwanese officials attended a so-called inaugural ceremony of several facilities on Ba Binh island – part of Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago – on Saturday.

"Viet Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence to prove its indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagos," the spokesperson affirmed, adding that all activities of any side in those areas without Viet Nam's consent are illegal and void.

He stressed that Taiwan had seriously violated Viet Nam's sovereignty, caused tensions and complicated the situation in the East Sea when it sent officials to Ba Binh island in Viet Nam's Truong Sa archipelago and declared to put into operation a number of facilities on the island, in disregard of the concerns of Viet Nam, other countries and the international community.

Viet Nam resolutely opposed these acts, the spokesperson said. — VNS

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