The adoption of the Law of the Sea by the Vietnamese National Assembly on June 21 is a normal law-making activity to perfect the country’s legal framework so as to facilitate its international integration and boost its cooperation with other countries for the sake of peace and stability in the region and the world over.
Truong Sa Island in the Vietnam's East Sea
Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made this statement on June 21 in rejection of China’s unreasonable accusations of Vietnam’s legitimate act.
It is more serious that China has approved the establishment of the so-called “Sansha City” that covers Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Nghi said, reaffirming that Vietnam has indisputable legal basis and historical evidence of its sovereignty over the islands.
“Vietnam resolutely rejects the unreasonable accusations by the Chinese side and at the same time strongly opposes China’s establishment of the so-called “Sansha City,” Nghi stressed.
He said the mentioning of the two archipelagos in the newly passed law is the continuation of a number of provisions in Vietnam’s existing laws and that this will not affect the search for basic and long-term solutions to the disputes on the East Sea.
“Now as before, Vietnam advocates to settle the differences and disputes on the East Sea by peaceful means and on the basis of international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC),” the diplomat said.
He further added that Vietnam always attaches importance to its relations with China and stands ready to accelerate the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership for the benefit of the two peoples and for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.