Vietnam opposes China’s military drills in the Paracels

China’s military exercises in the Paracels violate Vietnam’s sovereignty and complicate the situation in the East Sea, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“China’s military drills in the Paracel Islands area seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over these archipelagoes, go against the spirit of the Joint Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), cause serious damage to the South China Sea. complicating the situation, it is not conducive to the current negotiation process between China and ASEAN on the Code of Conduct between the Parties in the East Sea (COC) and maintaining a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment in the Sea. Dong,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press conference today.

The statement was made by Ms. Hang when asked about the announcement on June 13 by the Hainan Provincial Customs Department about the Chinese army’s exercise on June 19 in the northwest area of ​​the Paracel Islands. According to the announcement, ships are prohibited from entering the area during Chinese military drills.

The location of China's illegal exercise (circled in red) in the Hoang Sa archipelago of Vietnam.  Graphics: Google Maps.

The location of China’s illegal exercise (circled in red) in the Hoang Sa archipelago of Vietnam. Graphics: Google Maps.

“Vietnam resolutely opposes any act of infringing upon its sovereignty and rights related to these archipelagoes,” added Hang.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Vietnam’s position on the East Sea was clearly and fully expressed in the note No. 22/HC-2020 sent to the United Nations on March 30, 2020.

In the note, Vietnam affirms its sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel archipelagos in accordance with international law, as well as sovereignty, sovereign rights and national jurisdiction over the sea areas identified. accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.  Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. Image: Foreign Office.

The Paracel Islands have been occupied by China by force since 1974. China established the so-called “Sansha city”, headquartered on Woody Island since July 2012, in order to acquire archipelagos in the Sea. East, including Truong Sa and Hoang Sa, belongs to Vietnam’s sovereignty.

China also claims unreasonable sovereignty over most of the South China Sea. This country reclamation, reclamation, construction of military outposts and illegal stationing of troops on the features of the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes of Vietnam, despite the law and objections of Vietnam and Vietnam. international.

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