Vietnam objects to China’s establishment of San Sha city on the Hainan Island
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS' SPOKESMAN - MR. LE DZUNG
ANSWERS QUESTION ON 3rd DECEMBER 2007
Question: Please advise Vietnam’s stance to the news about China’s State Council approval of setting up San Sha city on the Hainan island to administer three islands, including Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
Vietnam possesses adequate historical evidence and legal foundations to proclaim its indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
Vietnam objects to China’s establishment of San Sha city on the Hainan Island to administer three islands, including Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. This action is a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, not in line with the common perception of high-ranking leaders of the two countries or beneficial to the bilateral negotiation process of seeking fundamental and long-term solutions to sea-related issues.
Vietnam has consistently pursued the policy of resolving all disputes through peaceful negotiations in accordance with international laws and practices, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the spirit of the 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) to maintain peace and stability in the Eastern Sea and the region.
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