A Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson said Thursday that Vietnam opposes China’s illegal construction and expansion of structures on Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands and has requested China to immediately stop these wrongful actions, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Pham Thu Hang said at a regular press briefing the fact that China has illegally built and expanded structures and changed the status quo in Truong Sa archipelago does not only violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, but also defies the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, signed by China and the ASEAN member nations.
She reiterated Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes.
When asked to comment on China’s increase of its defense budget in 2015, she said Vietnam hopes that, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a country with an important role in Asia, China will responsibly and constructively contribute to maintaining regional and global peace, stability, security, cooperation and development.
Regarding China’s launch of an English and Japanese language website on Beijing’s sovereignty over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea, Hang said that China and Japan should settle disputes via peaceful talks and with respect to international law to reach long-term solutions.
She told the media Vietnam and China will organize many activities, including visit exchanges at all levels, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.