A Vietnamese naval soldier stands guard next to the sovereignty marker on Truong Sa Lon Island in Vietnam's Truong Sa archipelago (Photo: VNA)
Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang on June 24 emphasised
Vietnam’s demand for the relevant parties to not take any action that further complicates
the situation in the East Sea, but contribute to the maintenance of peace and
stability in the waters.
At the ministry’s virtual
regular press conference, she made the remark in response to reporters’
question about the Chinese reconnaissance vessels and aircraft recently spotted
in the vicinity of Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly)
The spokeswoman once again
stated that Vietnam has sufficient historical evidence and legal basis to
testify to its sovereignty over Truong Sa archipelago in line with
Any activity violating
Vietnam’s sovereignty over and related rights in this archipelago is illegal
and void, Hang said.
In the current regional and
international context, Vietnam demands the parties concerned to not take any
action further complicating the situation in the East Sea but make practical
and active contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability in the
waters while creating a favourable environment for the negotiation on a Code of
Conduct in the East Sea (COC), she emphasised.
With regard to China’s recent
launch of a project on tagging floral species in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel)
archipelago, the spokeswoman said Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed that it has
sufficient historical evidence and legal basis to testify to its sovereignty
over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in accordance with international law.
Any action under any form
that infringes Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as well as the
country’s sovereign right and jurisdiction over its sea areas is valueless and unrecognised,
and Vietnam resolutely objects to such action, she added./.