China’s construction activities in so-called Sansha city that China illegally built in Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands cannot change the fact that the islands belong to Vietnam, foreign ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh said at a press briefing Thursday.
Binh was asked about Vietnam’s reaction to Chinese media reports that the government of Sansha has been installing high-speed wireless broadcasting equipment on inhabited islands since October 1, Vietnam News Agency reported.
“Vietnam has rejected the so-called Sansha city many times. Under any form or for whatever purpose, China’s activities in the city have no legal foundation and do not change the fact that Hoang Sa belongs to Vietnam,” he said.
Asked about Vietnam’s reaction to the information that China is virtually implementing the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East Sea, Binh said all activities in the East Sea must respect the sovereignty, sovereignty rights, and jurisdiction of relevant countries.
They must be in line with international law and in the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and aviation and navigation safety and security in the East Sea, he said.