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Viet Nam opposes latest China sovereignty violations

Update: December, 05/2012 - 10:19

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam has raised its voice against China's recent violations of its sovereignty and asked its neighbour to respect its sovereignty.

On November 27, China's Hainan province adopted revised border security regulations for its coastal regions, covering Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, even though they belong under Vietnamese sovereignty.

Four days earlier, China published a map of the so-called "Sansha" city that included the two archipelagoes, despite the fact that they are inside the economic zone and continental shelf of Viet Nam.

At 04:05 on November 30 as the Vietnamese ship Binh Minh 02 was carrying out a seismic survey in the country's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf (43 nautical miles southeast of Viet Nam's Con Co island at a latitude of 17.26 degrees north and longitude of 108.02 degrees east), two Chinese ships numbered 16025 and 16028 intentionally blocked and severed the cable of the Vietnamese ship despite warning signals from Viet Nam's authorised forces.

"These actions seriously violated Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes as well as the country's sovereign right and jurisdiction over its waters," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi.

Sovereignty violation by China, he added, violated the basic principles of the agreement that guides the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China signed in October 2011. They also ran counter to the spirit of the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the Declaration of the 15 th ASEAN-China Summit on the 10 th anniversary of DOC, and vastly complicated the East Sea situation.

On December 3, representatives from the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry met with Chinese Embassy representatives in Ha Noi to deliver a diplomatic note resolutely protesting China 's actions. The note asked China to respect Viet Nam's sovereignty, end its wrongful practices and make sure they were not repeated. — VNS

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