A naval soldier of Vietnam on duty on Da Lat Reef in the country's Truong Sa archipelago (Photo: VNA)
– Deputy Spokesman of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Doan Khac Viet underlined Vietnam’s objection to China’s recent
fishing ban while detailing Vietnam’s viewpoints on several issues related to the East Sea at the ministry’s regular press conference on April 29.
Replying to a question about the report that the Chinese
coast guard force declared it will guarantee the enforcement of the fishing ban
that will take effect on May 1, 2021, on the sea area covering part of the Gulf
of Tonkin and Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, the deputy spokesman reiterated that Vietnam has sufficient legal ground and historical
evidence testifying to its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly)
archipelagos, as well as its legal rights towards sea areas
identified in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Vietnam holds that measures to preserve creature resources
need to be implemented in conformity with regulations of the 1982 UNCLOS and
must not harm the sovereign right and jurisdiction at sea of other related states,
according to Viet.
He stressed that Vietnam objects to and resolutely rejects
this unilateral decision by the Chinese side, which has violated Vietnam’s
sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago; infringed international law, including the
1982 UNCLOS; run counter to the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the
Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC); and gone against the agreement on
basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam
Regarding the information that the Vietnamese maritime
militia force operating near Hainan archipelago and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa and
Truong Sa archipelagos has threatened the maritime law enforcement and security
- defence forces of China, the deputy spokesman noted: “We refutes those incorrect
information about the marine self-defence militia force of Vietnam.”
He highlighted the country’s defence policy of peace, self-defence and basing on the people, citing the 2019 law on militia and self-defence forces which stipulates that the marine self-defence militia force is part of
Vietnam’s self-defence militia force and has the tasks of safeguarding the
country’s maritime sovereignty and maintaining security, order, and safety on
seas and islands.
The marine self-defence militias and other authorised forces
working at sea absolutely comply with Vietnamese laws and international law,
especially the 1982 UNCLOS, Viet emphasised.
He again declared that any act harming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and
Truong Sa archipelagos, as well as the country’s sovereignty, sovereign right,
and jurisdiction over its sea areas is valueless and not recognised, and Vietnam
resolutely objects to such acts./.