Vietnam has opposed China’s construction on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, saying it is completely illegal.
“Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence for its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos,” Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said in Hanoi on September 26.
Hang made the statement in reply to a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s response to Chinese leaders’ recent statement concerning Truong Sa during the US media’s interview.
The deputy spokesperson said the construction and expansion of structures on rock islets and shoals in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa without Vietnam’s permission is completely illegal and void.
Vietnam resolutely opposes the aforementioned actions and requests parties concerned seriously abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, she said.