Vietnam requests parties concerned to respect its sovereignty and international law and abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and the UNCLOS, Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said.
A naval soldier stands guard at a sovereignty marker on Truong Sa Lon island
She made the statement during the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on May 27, in response to media questions about Vietnam’s stance on the Philippines’ preparations for the repair and upgrade of runway and infrastructure on Thi Tu (Thitu) Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
Hang affirmed that Vietnam has sufficient legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Truong Sa in accordance with international law. Every act violating Vietnam’s sovereignty and related rights on Truong Sa is illegal and valueless.
She also said Vietnam urges parties concerned to refrain from actions that could complicate the situation, and to make practical and active contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea and create an environment conducive to negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Maintaining peace, stability, order, security, and safety and freedom of navigation and overflight, abiding by law, and respecting the sovereignty and sovereign and jurisdictional rights of countries in the East Sea is the goal, interest, responsibility and common aspiration of all countries and the international community, she said, adding that Vietnam wishes that parties would strive to make responsible contributions to the issue./. VNA
The international community has voiced protest against China's new moves in the East Sea, including its enforcement of a fishing ban that took effect on May 1 on the sea area covering part of the Gulf of Tonkin