Vietnam demands that Taiwan respect its sovereignty and not repeat any action that escalates tensions and complicates the situation in the East Sea, the foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.
The comment was made in response to queries regarding a media trip organized by Taiwan for journalists to Ba Binh Island in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago on Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said Vietnam has "full legal foundations and historical evidence asserting its indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes.”
Any action conducted by foreign countries in the two archipelagoes without Vietnam’s consensus is illegal and void, he said.
Taiwan’s organization of the tour, regardless of concerns and objections raised by Vietnam and the international community, has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, escalated tensions and threatened peace and stability in the East Sea as well as relations between the two sides, he said.
Vietnam vehemently objects to such deeds and demands Taiwan to make constructive contributions to joint efforts to maintain peace and stability in the sea, he said.