Vietnam reacts to US destroyer sailing near Paracel archipelago

VOV.VN - Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang has reiterated that Vietnam has sufficient legal foundations and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos in conformity with international law.

She underscored Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters while responding to reporters question about Vietnam’s reaction to the case on January 9.

She went on to say that as a member of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and a coastal country in the East Sea, Vietnam always respects the right to the freedom of navigation and aviation safety in the East Sea in line with international law, specifically the 1982 UNCLOS .

Demands and related activities by coastal countries should comply with international law as reflected in the 1982 UNCLOS.

Vietnam asks countries to go ahead with positive and practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability, while respecting and delivering related international legal obligations as well as the rule of law in waters and oceans, Hang said.