China should stop violating Vietnam’s sovereignty: FM spokesman

All activities at Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos without Vietnam’s permission violates the country’s sovereignty, says Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi.

Nghi made the statement on February 23 in response to reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s reaction to China’s recent moves in the two archipelagos.

China’s media agencies reported various activities, since the beginning of 2012, by Chinese ministries and agencies in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos, including the Transport Minister trip to Hoang Sa to monitor a patrol ship, the visit to Phu Lam Island by a sports official, the Nanhai institute for environmental research and oceanic's project on the survey, examination, analysis and assessment of changes in typical islands in Hoang Sa archipelago, and the Director of Nanhai Fishery Bureau’s announcement of a plan to build a fishery base on Phu Lam Island, and a quay and fishery service base in Truong Sa.

Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos, Nghi said, adding that all activities in the areas without Vietnam’s permission violate the Southeast Asian nation's sovereignty, complicate the situation in the East Sea, run contrary to the Agreement on Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Sea-related Issues, signed by both countries, and do not comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), or commitments to maintain peace and stability in the sea.

The spokesman emphasized Vietnam’s request that China stop all actions and cancel its projects which violate Vietnam’s sovereignty.

He also asked China to work together with concerned parties to maintain peace and stability in the sea.