Vietnam slams former Taiwan officials’ visit to Spratly island

Thanh Nien News/VNA

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Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island. Photo credit: Reuters Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island. Photo credit: Reuters


Former Taiwanese officials’ recent trip to Ba Binh Island seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and complicated the situation in the East Sea, the foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.
The comment was made in response to queries regarding a trip organized by Taiwan for its former senior officials to Ba Binh, also known as Itu Aba, last week. Ba Binh Island is part of Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh also said that Vietnam opposed Taiwan’s release of stamps featuring Ba Binh Island and the archipelagoes in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea.
He said Taiwan’s actions could not change the truth that Vietnam holds sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagoes.
“Vietnam resolutely protests and demands Taiwan to end and prevent the repetition of similar actions, and make practical contributions to joint efforts with Vietnam and parties concerned to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea,” said Binh.

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