Vietnam demands its neighbor immediately ends exercises around Paracel Islands.
China’s plan to carry out military exercises in an area that covers Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the East Sea has once again seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said on July 4.
Mr. Binh made the statement while fielding reporters’ questions over the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration’s announcement on July 3 of a drill, which is scheduled to take place between July 5 and 11, in an area covering the Vietnamese archipelago.
He said that the action runs counter to the common perceptions of senior leaders from both countries and is in defiance of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).
Vietnam strongly objects to the exercises and demands that China respect its sovereignty, behave in a responsible manner, and immediately end and not conduct any further actions that threaten maritime security and safety in the East Sea or escalate tensions in the region.