HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam once again rejected the so-called Sansha city and requested China to end violations of its sovereignty and stop impeding legal fishing activities of Vietnamese fishing boats, a representative of the National Border Committee stated yesterday.
The official went on to say that Viet Nam had sufficient legal and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes and protest a series of activities recently carried out by China in the region.
China recently approved the establishment of the "Sansha" radio-television stations and dispatched a detachment of marine surveillance ships to patrol Viet Nam's Hoang Sa archipelago.
The Chinese also drove away Vietnamese fishing vessels which were conducting legal fishing in the area.
In the latest move, China sent a Fishery Resource and Environmental Science Survey Ship to the waters of Viet Nam's Truong Sa archipelago to investigate the area's fishery resources.
The above-mentioned activities had violated Viet Nam's sovereignty, said the representative. — VNS