There are 41 ethnic minority soldiers working on Trường Sa Archipelago, including people of Chăm, Mường, Dao, Mông, Khmer, S’tiêng, Tày and Raglai ethnicities.
Việt Nam has condemned China’s reported laying of submarine cables in the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago as illegal and invalid.
Việt Nam has repeatedly affirmed its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes as well as the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the East Sea.
In late 2019 and early 2020, China announced its 'Four-Sha' sovereignty claims over the East Sea in two diplomatic notes sent to the UN Secretary-General, aiming to replace the so-called 'nine-dash line' that had been previously rejected by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu Hằng has said Việt Nam rejects China’s unilateral decision on a fishing ban in the East Sea from May 1 to August 16.
The Việt Nam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) released a document on Monday opposing China’s issuance of regulations banning fishing in the East Sea.