HÀ NỘI – Foreign Ministry spokesman Lê Hải Bình yesterday accused China of infringing on Việt Nam’s sovereignty and urged it to respect international law.
He spoke in response to reports that China had opened an illegal tourism route to Hoàng Sa (Paracel) Archipelago and that a Chinese coast guard vessel had pursued a Vietnamese fishing ship, coded QNg 95215 TS, in the area of Bạch Quy (Passu Keah) Island in Hoàng Sa.
In response to reporters’ question relating to China’s actions, Bình said Việt Nam has sufficient legal foundation and historical evidence testifying to its sovereignty over Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
“Those actions by China seriously infringed on Việt Nam’s sovereignty over Hoàng Sa Archipelago, violated international law, ran counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) signed in 2002 between ASEAN and China, as well as the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Việt Nam and China, signed in October 2011,” the spokesperson stressed.
Bình said Việt Nam adamantly objects to those actions and requests China to respect its sovereignty and international law. China must immediately stop such activities, and not repeat them, in order to make constructive contributions to peace and stability in the East Sea, Bình said.