|Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh. — VNS Photo Pham Kien
HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh expressed Viet Nam's disappointment with China's pilot
flight to an illegally-built airport on Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) reef in
the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago
He made the statement in Ha Noi on Saturday, the day China committed the action.
"China's above-mentioned action seriously violated Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa archipelago and went counter to the common perception of the two countries' leaders, the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of Viet Nam – China issues at sea and the spirit of the 2012 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea," he said.
It has undermined peace and stability in the East Sea, eroded bilateral political trust and negatively impacted the neighbourliness and sentiments between the two peoples, he added.
The spokesperson stated that Viet Nam asks China to immediately end, not to repeat such an action and take practical and specific acts to contribute to maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea.
The same day, a representative from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry presented a diplomatic note to Chinese embassy counterpart opposing China's action. — VNS