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Remarks by MOFA Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on foreign media about China's installation of missiles on structures illegally constructed on Viet Nam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos


On May 8th 2018, in response to news on foreign media about China's installation of missiles on structures illegally constructed on Viet Nam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos, MOFA Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang stated:

Once again, Viet Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos in accordance with international law. Viet Nam is deeply concerned about the news and holds that all militarized activities, including the installation of missiles on Truong Sa archipelago, seriously violate Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the islands, run against Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China and Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) between ASEAN and China. The move has increased tension and instability in the region and is not beneficial to efforts of nations in negotiating a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

Viet Nam requests that China, as a major power in the region and the world, show responsibility in the maintenance of peace and stability in the East Sea, stop militarization and withdraw military equipment illegally deployed on structures under Viet Nam's sovereignty, respect Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos and strictly abide by the Agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China as well as the DOC".

 
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