China should immediately end its violations of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, withdraw its jet fighters from this area and not commit similar acts again, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said Thursday.
He was responding to reporters’ questions at a press conference in Hanoi about Vietnam’s reaction to China’s deployment of 16 jet fighters in the Paracels.
“Vietnam once again asserts its indisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos. China’s deployment of jet fighters in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa Archipelago seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and directly threatens regional peace and stability.
“As a permanent member of the United Nations with an important role in the region, China should act responsibly and constructively in the maintenance of peace and stability in the region in line with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.”
The US military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper Wednesday reported that the Chinese deployed 16 Shenyang J-11 advanced fighter aircraft – “the largest number of fighter jets ever” – in the archipelago on April 7.
Positioning military aircraft on the island seems to contradict Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vow not to militarize the South China Sea, a statement he made while visiting Washington, D.C. in February, the newspaper said.