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VN opposes East Sea tourism plan

Update: April, 13/2013 - 09:39

HA NOI (VNS)— A representative from the Foreign Ministry's National Boundary Commission yesterday opposed China's plan to bring tourists to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

"Viet Nam has indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. China's plan to brings tourists to Hoang Sa is a serious violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty, running counter to the spirit of the Declaration on Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC)", the representative said.

"Viet Nam demands China to cancel such a plan," he said, adding that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry yesterday handed over a diplomatic note to a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi to protest the plan.

Regarding reports on Taiwan's intention to upgrade piers on Ba Binh Island, part of Viet Nam's Truong Sa archipelago, the National Boundary Commission representative stressed that Taiwan's building plans are a serious violation of Viet Nam's sovereignty. He also said Viet Nam demands the Taiwanese side to give up the plan so as not to further complicate the situation and raise tension in the East Sea. — VNS

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