China tourism plan violates Vietnam's sovereignty: gov't

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The government has expressed strong opposition to China's tourism development plan which incorporates Vietnam's Spratly and Paracel archipelagos, reiterating Vietnamese sovereignty over the islands.

Vietnam opposes the 2010-2020 plan to develop Hainan Island for tourism, which specifies that a tourist complex managed by Hainan Province covers the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said in a statement carried on the government website.

"Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos," Nga stressed.

China also plans to promote air and sea routes to the Hoang Sa archipelago and encourage registration for the right to use "uninhabited islands," she noted, adding these actions violate Vietnam's sovereignty.

China's actions also go against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and Vietnam demands these actions are stopped, she said.

The government statement mentioned that officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met Chinese embassy officials on Tuesday to record opposition to the plan.

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