HA NOI — The Vietnam News Agency yesterday released an official announcement refuting reports by Chinese media that four Chinese marine surveillance ships "blocked" and "chased" Vietnamese ships in the Spratly Archipelagos.
According to the VNA announcement, upon discovering the Chinese ships trespassing on Vietnamese waters, relevant authorities engaged in actions to protect the country's national sovereignty, requesting Chinese ships to move out of the Spratly area.
Viet Nam has sufficient historical and legal evidence to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos.
Chinese ships claiming they were "patrolling" the Spratly area have seriously violated the national sovereignty of Viet Nam, and the Chinese vessels' actions are not in line with agreements on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and make the situation in the East Sea more complicated while affecting regional security and stability.
Viet Nam has requested China to stop these wrongful acts and comply with multilateral agreements such as the DOC and not engage in further acts to further complicate the East Sea situation. — VNS