|Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga (source: VNA)|
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has raised a protest against the recent defense exercise conducted by China’s South Sea Fleet at the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.
“The military exercise of the Chinese Navy’s South Sea Fleet at Hoang Sa archipelago seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty over the archipelago, went counter to the ASEAN-China Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and negatively affected peace and stability in the region,” said spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga.
Nga made this statement while answering reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s reaction to the February 3 defense exercise of China’s South Sea Fleet as reported by China Radio International two days later.
“Vietnam requests China to put an end to all actions that violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, not to let similar affairs occur in the future and join concerned parties to strictly implement DOC, thus helping to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea,” the spokeswoman stressed.