|Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam spokesperson Le Hai Binh. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — In response to the Position Paper of the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Matter of Jurisdiction in the South China Sea Arbitration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated:
"Once again, Viet Nam reiterates that Viet Nam has full historical evidence and legal foundation to reaffirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes, as well as other legal rights and interests of Viet Nam in the East Sea.
It is Viet Nam's consistent position to fully reject China's claim over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes and the adjacent waters, as well as China's claiming of ‘historic rights' to the waters, sea-bed and subsoil within the "dotted line" unilaterally stated by China."
In response to a question on Viet Nam's position regarding the South China Sea Arbitration case, he stated:
"To protect its legal rights and interests in the East Sea which may be affected in the South China Sea Arbitration case, Viet Nam has expressed its position to the Tribunal regarding this case, and requested the Tribunal to pay due attention to the legal rights and interests of Viet Nam." — VNS