HA NOI — Viet Nam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi yesterday.
The comment was made in response to a question from the media about Viet Nam's reaction to Chinese aggression in the area. China used force to threaten 11 fishermen on a vessel from Quang Ngai Province, preventing them from entering the Hoang Sa Archipelago to avoid strong winds.
The Chinese force is also reported to have assaulted the fishermen and to have tried to take their property.
"Vietnamese fishermen have moved freely in the territorial waters surrounding those two archipelagos for ages. They behaved in accordance with international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982," Nghi said.
"The above-mentioned action from China has seriously infringed upon the sovereign, sovereign right and jurisdiction right of Viet Nam. It runs counter to the spirit of humanitarianism and gravely threatened the lives and property of Vietnamese fishermen," he said.
The spokesman also said that it did not correspond with the friendly relations between the two countries and went against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
"A representative from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has met with representative from the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi to oppose the action from China, to ask China to refrain from future wrongful actions and to request compensation for the Vietnamese fishermen," Nghi said. — VNS