Vietnam 's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned China for a series of recent actions that have seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi on Tuesday asked China to end its unlawful acts to preserve peace and stability in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea.
Nghi was referring to senior Chinese officials' cutting a ribbon to inaugurate the Xinhua bookstore on Hoang Sa's Phu Lam Island; bringing tourists to the archipelago and making plans to hold a fishing competition there.
"Vietnam affirms its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Archipelago. The aforementioned actions of the Chinese side have seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty and run counter to the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China," Nghi said.
China's recent actions are not in compliance with the Joint Statement of the 15th ASEAN-China Summit on the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), have increased tensions and further complicated the East Sea situation, he added.
Regarding China's move to bring tourists to Hoang Sa, the same day, Van Huu Chien, chairman of Da Nang City People's Committee, affirmed that Hoang Sa is an island district of the central city and an inseparable part of Vietnam's territory.
China's action violated Vietnam's sovereignty and has stirred up discontent among the city's authorities and residents, he said.
"We strongly oppose the aforementioned illegal actions and request that China immediately cease organizing tours and other activities in the Hoang Sa Archipelago," he stressed.