China’s plan to hold military drills around Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) in the East Sea has once again seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago, the Vietnamese foreign ministry said Monday.
China's maritime safety administration on Sunday said the drills would take place from Jul. 5-11, covering an area that includes the Hoang Sa in the East Sea, also known as South China Sea.
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh said China's action runs counter to common perception of senior leaders from both countries, and defies international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Vietnam strongly objects to the exercises and demands that China respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and behave in a responsible manner, Binh said.
China must immediately end and not to conduct actions that threaten maritime security and safety in the East Sea or escalate tension in the region, he said.