China’s plan to carry out military exercises in an area that covers Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) in the East Sea has once again seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh on July 4.
China’s illegal construction on Vietnam’s Fiery Cross Reef in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago (Photo: DPA)
He made the statement while fielding reporters’ queries 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, with its scale covering the Vietnamese archipelago.
Binh said the action runs counter to common perception of senior leaders from both countries, and defies 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 Vietnam’s sovereignty, behave in a responsible manner and immediately end and not to conduct actions that threaten maritime security and safety in the East Sea or escalate tension in the region.