Taiwan's live fire drill on Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island of the Spratly Islands is a serious violation of Vietnam's territorial sovereignty, the Vietnamese foreign ministry said Monday.
Taiwan's move "threatened peace, stability, maritime security and safety, and further complicating the East Sea issue," the ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said, using the Vietnamese name of the South China Sea.
The statement was made in response to reporters’ questions on Vietnam’s position on Taiwan’s notice of live firing from November 3-4.
Vietnam firmly opposes the act and demands that Taiwan immediately put an end to the illegitimate act and prevent similar occurrences, Binh said.
Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to prove its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, he stressed.