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Chinese yacht race a territorial violation

Update: April, 02/2012 - 10:06

HA NOI — China has gravely violated Viet Nam's sovereignty by hosting a yacht race to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi.

In response to Hainan authorities' decision last week to hold the yacht race, called the Sinan Cup, from Sanya to the archipelago, Nghi stated unequivocally that this was contrary to China's commitment not to raise tensions in the East Sea.

"Viet Nam is strongly against the race taking place and demands that China call it off and comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea in order to maintain peace and stability in the area," he said. — VNS

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