Requesting Taiwan to cancel illegal military exercises on Taiping Island

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Taiwan seriously infringed on Vietnam’s sovereignty when conducting live-fire drills on Taiping Island, demanding that it be canceled and not repeated.

“This is an act that seriously infringes on Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, threatens peace, stability, safety and maritime security, causes tension and complicates the situation in the South China Sea,” he said. East Sea,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said today, when asked to comment on Taiwan’s live-fire drills in the waters around Ba Binh island in the Spratly archipelago.

Ba Binh Island belongs to Vietnam's Truong Sa archipelago, currently illegally controlled by Taiwan.  Photo: AFP.

Ba Binh Island belongs to Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago, currently illegally controlled by Taiwan. Image: AFP.

The Taiwan Coast Guard announced that it will hold drills on Itu Aba Island on June 28-29 with the subjects of firing live bullets at simulated targets at sea and in the air. Vessels and aircraft were asked to avoid this area during the maneuver.

Ms. Hang said that Vietnam has for many years affirmed a clear and consistent stance towards Taiwan’s conduct of live-fire firing in the waters around Ba Binh Island. “Vietnam resolutely opposes and asks Taiwan to cancel the above illegal activities and not repeat similar violations,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The East Sea area and the two archipelagoes of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.  Graphics: CSIS.

The East Sea area and the two archipelagoes of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. Graphics: CSIS.

Ba Binh is the largest natural island in the Truong Sa archipelago of Vietnam. Taiwan illegally occupies the island and once deployed marines. Since 2000, Taiwan has replaced its garrison on Itu Aba with a marine police unit, equipped with weapons such as machine guns and long-range mortars.

Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in accordance with international law.

Vu Anh

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