Vietnam protests ‘military base’ by China in disputed area of East Sea

Vietnam has protested against establishing of the so-called ‘Sansha City’ and a ‘military command base’ on Phu Lam Island on Hoang Sa archipelago by China, said Luong Thanh Nghi, spokesperson for Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry on July 24.

Vietnam protested against this move by China on July 19 and also objected to China holding a voting for the first Municipal People's Congress in the so-called ‘Sansha City’ on July 21.

Luong Thanh Nghi , spokesperson for Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, stressed that China's establishment of the so-called ‘Sansha City’ and holding the above-mentioned activities have seriously violated International Law and Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

"These actions are null and void," said Thanh Nghi. "China's activities run counter to the common perception of the two countries' leaders, violate the agreement on basic principles on the settlement of sea issues between Vietnam and China signed in October 2011, and go against the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, thus making the situation in the East Sea more complicated."

"Thus, Vietnam resolutely opposes China's activities in the Islands and requests China to respect its sovereignty, immediately stop and cancel all wrongful activities, thus making practical contributions to the development of friendship and co-operation between Vietnam and China as well as maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea."

Luong Thanh Nghi, spokesperson for Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on July 24 sent a dispatch of protest to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

On the same day, Van Huu Chien, Chairman of the People's Committee of the central coastal city of Da Nang and Nguyen Chien Thang, Chairman of the People's Committee of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, also issued a statement opposing China’s aforementioned activities.

The statement writes: “The authorities and people of Da Nang City and Khanh Hoa Province are once again deeply concerned and dissatisfied at the Chinese Central Military Commission's official decision to form a ‘military command base’ in the so-called ‘Sansha City’ on July 19 and China's organizing of elections for the first Municipal People's Congress of the so-called ‘Sansha City’ on July 21.”

China’s wrongful activities cannot change the fact that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes are an inseparable part of Vietnam's territory, the statement added.

Da Nang City and Khanh Hoa Province strongly oppose and request China to immediately stop activities violating International Law and Vietnam's rights, blocking joint efforts to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and damaging the two countries friendship.

On the same day, the Foreign Ministry of Philippines also launched a protest against the move by China to establish a military base in the disputed area of the East Sea.

Source SGGP, Translated by MT

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