The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has corrected the Sanya flight information region (FIR) map – which includes Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago as requested by Vietnam, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).
The map writes Chinese words “Sansha city – China” and draws a symbol of an airport on Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) Reef in Truong Sa, with the English words “Yong Shu airport – Sansha”.
On January 27, the ICAO President sent a letter to the CAAV that mentioned the issue.
Earlier on January 22, a representative from the Vietnamese embassy in Canada met the ICAO Assembly Chairman and Secretary General to hand over a diplomatic note dated January 15 affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes.
The note also opposed the publication of the Sanya FIR map in general and the East Sea FIR map in particular, which have incorrect contents that impact Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
The embassy representative once again expressed concern over China’s recent test flights to Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) Reef, which is a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa, as well as ICAO’s flight safety regulations and standard within the Ho Chi Minh FIR managed by Vietnam.