VOV.VN - Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang has affirmed that part of the scope of China’s fishing ban has violated Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, and its sovereign rights and jurisdiction.
The spokesperson made the statement on April 29 in response to reporters’ question about China’s three-month fishing ban in the East Sea, including the territorial waters of Vietnam.
Hang stated that Vietnam’s stance on China’s fishing ban in the East Sea is consistent and has been asserted clearly over the past years. Accordingly, part of this ban’s scope has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and the nation’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction identified in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the agreement on the delimitation of the Gulf of Tonkin signed by both nations in 2000.
Vietnam asks China to respect the country’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction over its territorial waters when deploying measures aimed at conserving fisheries resources in the East Sea, not complicate the situation, and contribute to maintaining peace, stability, and order in the East Sea, the official added.