Vietnam is asking China to immediately end activities such as bomber aircraft take-off and landing drills in Paracel Islands and to stop militarization of the highly contested South China Sea/East Vietnam Sea/West Philippine Sea.
“China’s deployment of bomber aircrafts conducting take-off and landing drills in Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) seriously violates Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, runs counter to the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues between Viet Nam – China, violates the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East [Vietnam] Sea (DOC), hampers the negotiation between ASEAN and China on a Code of Conduct in the East [Vietnam] Sea (COC), increases tension and instability in the region, and is not conducive to the maintenance of peace, stability and cooperation in the East [Vietnam] Sea,” Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement.
“Viet Nam requests that China put an end to the aforementioned activities immediately, stop militarization, respect Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, observe the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of maritime issues between Viet Nam – China, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East [Vietnam] Sea (DOC), and facilitate a favorable environment for the maintenance of peace, stability and cooperation in the region,” the spokesperson added.
The Vietnamese spokesperson noted that Vietnam has full legal grounds and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in accordance with international law.
The statement comes after China conducted bomber aircraft drills in Paracel Islands.