China must end 'illegal activities' in East Sea, Vietnam says

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. Photo: VNA Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. Photo: VNA

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Vietnam on Friday demanded that China stop "illegal activities" that has violated its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
China has continued building and operating a number of facilities on Truong Sa, including a hospital on the Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) Reef and a farm on Xubi (Subi) Reef. China's state-run shipping company COSCO said recently that it plans to launch tours to Hoang Sa.
Such activities "cannot change the fact that Vietnam has sovereignty over the archipelagos," foreign ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said in Hanoi.
Vietnam has "indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos," Binh said.
China's illegal construction and use of facilities on Truong Sa, and organization of tours to Hoang Sa "seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos,” he said
Vietnam "strongly objects" such activities, and has asked China to "stringently comply with the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC)," Binh said, using the Vietnamese name of the South China Sea.

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