VN affirms sovereignty following China's airship deployment to East Sea

Vietnam foreign affairs spokeswoman on Thursday reaffirmed the country’s sovereignty over the Spratly Islands after images showing an airship deployed above the China-occupied Mischief Reef.

VN affirms sovereignty following China's airship deployment to East Sea
Satellite photo shows aerostat-shaped object floating on the Mischief Reef. Photo courtesy of ImageSat International (ISI)

“Vietnam has full legal grounds and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands,” spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told reporters at the regular press briefing.

“Vietnam asked all parties to respect the sovereignty, sovereignty rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam, to seriously abide by international law and to contribute in a responsible and constructive manner to the sustaining of security, safety, peace and stability in the East Sea (South China Sea),” she added.

Israeli satellite company ImageSat International (ISI) posted a photo on its Twitter account on November 11 showing an aerostat-shaped object floating on the Mischief Reef – known by Vietnamese as the Vành Khăn Reef.

The satellite image was the first evidence China had deployed an airship to the atoll probably for reconnaissance purposes, said the company.

According to military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence, the high-powered aerostats can monitor both airborne targets and mobile ground objects within a radius of 300km.

The Mischief Reef was among seven features in the Spratly Islands illegally taken by China and built into an artificial island having both military and civilian structures.

China was increasingly intensifying its military presence in the disputed East Sea where it claimed more than 90 per cent.

Foreign spokeswoman Hang also that Vietnam was investigating claims a Chinese coast guard ship appeared in Vietnam’s continental shelf.

 

There were spreading rumours a Chinese coast guard vessel made its way into the southern continental shelf of Việt Nam in recent days, interrupting the country’s oil and gas activities.

Tonle Sap area

Vietnam’s representative agencies in Cambodia have been closely following the relocation of Vietnamese Cambodians in the Tonle Sap area in Cambodia and have timely taken measures to assist those who had to relocate, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

At the press briefing, the spokesperson affirmed that Việt Nam understands Cambodia’s policy on sustainable social and economic development, including the relocation of residents in the Tonle Sap area in Kampong Chhnang province.

She added that Vietnam’s representative agencies in Cambodia have asked Vietnamese Cambodians to follow the law and legal regulations of the host country.

Asked to comment on opinions that land buying by Vietnamese Cambodians relocated from Tonle Sap is threatening Cambodia’s security and sovereignty, spokesperson Hang affirmed that those are groundless arguments. — VNS

China’s “grey zone” tactic in East Sea

China’s “grey zone” tactic in East Sea

Experts on the East Sea say China’s “grey zone” strategy provokes tension in order to control most of the East Sea.

Countries concerned about East Sea situation

Countries concerned about East Sea situation

France, Germany and the UK on August 29 released a joint statement expressing their concern about the situation in the East Sea which they said could lead to insecurity and instability in the region.  

 
 

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