Vietnam slams China's latest provocations

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Vietnam has demanded that China "immediately" stop its activities "seriously" violating its sovereignty in the East Sea.

Luong Thanh Nghi, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman, made the statement Monday when asked about China's recent activities in the East Sea like Hainan Province's introduction of new rules for managing public order on coastal borders.

Others included holding a military exercise in Quang Hoa Island in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelgao, and the launch of telecom services at Chu Thap reef in the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.

Chinese authorities have also approved a tourism plan that includes traveling to Hoang Sa islands.

"The aforementioned activities by the Chinese side seriously violate Vietnam's sovereignty ... and jurisdiction rights in the East Sea, and over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa," Nghi told reporters.

They will also complicate the East Sea situation further, he said.

Such activities are "against" the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, and are "not good" for peace and stability in the region or for Vietnam China relations, he warned.

"Vietnam strongly objects and demands that China immediately stop the wrongful activities."

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