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Việt Nam asks China to maintain peace in East Sea

Update: May, 08/2018 - 22:25
Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng. — VNA/VNS Photo
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HÀ NỘI — Vit Nam asks China, as a large nation in the region and the world, to perform its responsibilities in maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hng yesterday


Hng spoke in reply to reporters’ questions about news in foreign media that China has placed missiles at structures it illegally constructed on Vit Nam’s Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago. 


"Vit Nam is deeply concerned about the information," said Hng, affirming that "all militarised activities, including the installation of missiles on the Trường Sa archipelago, seriously violate the country’s sovereignty over the islands, violate the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Việt Nam and China and infringe on the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) between ASEAN and China". "The actions cause tension and instability in the region and harm efforts to negotiate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea," she added. 


“Vit Nam has sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa archipelagos in line with international law,” she stressed. 
"Vi
t Nam asks China not to conduct military activities and withdraw all military equipment that it has illegally deployed in areas where Vit Nam claims sovereignty," Hng underscored.


She also requested China respect Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa archipelagos, and strictly abide by the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Việt Nam and China as well as the DOC. — VNS

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