Vietnam opposes actions infringing upon sovereignty over Paracel and the Spratly islands, says govt spokesman

Deputy Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Doan Khac Viet. - Photo: Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): As has been clearly enunciated many times, Vietnam has full legal basis and ample historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and the Truong Sa (Spratly), in accordance with international law as well as sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over maritime zones established following the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).

Vietnam Deputy Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Doan Khac Viet addressed the matter and announced it on Thursday (May 23) in Hanoi.

He made the statement in response to reporters’ query regarding a new regulation issued by China on May 15 authorising its coast guard force to detain for up to 30 days without trial foreigners who violate or help others violate territorial waters/waters that China claims sovereignty.

Speaking at the ministry’s regular press conference, Viet said that Vietnam is always resolute and persistent in protecting Vietnam's sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction in maritime zones.

He added that this is also in the legal and legitimate interests of Vietnamese citizens, in accordance with the UNCLOS 1982 and Vietnamese laws.

Responding to a reporter's query about Chinese media's reports that on May 22, China sent a hospital ship of its navy to entities in Vietnam's Hoang Sa to provide medical checks and treatment to soldiers illegally stationed there, Viet stated that Vietnam resolutely opposes all activities infringing upon Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa. - Vietnam News/ANN

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