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Spokeswoman: Illegal Exploration & Survey In Hoang Sa Violate Vietnam’s sovereignty

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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July 08, 2021 | 23:36

Spokeswoman of Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed the country’s sovereignty and legitimate rights over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes while responding to reporters' questions in a recent press conference.

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Spokeswoman: Illegal Exploration & Survey In Hoang Sa Violate Vietnam’s sovereignty
Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang. (Photo: VOV)

At the ministry’s regular press conference held online on July 8, spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang answered reporters’ queries about the information that a research vessel of Sun Yat-sen University (China) will head to the Bien Dong Sea (internationally called the South China Sea), specifically Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago, in October 2021.

“Vietnam has sufficient legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, as well as legal rights to Vietnam’s territorial waters as defined in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” VOV quoted Le Thi Thu Hang as she replied to the reporters.

The spokesperson stressed that all exploration, survey, and scientific research activities in the Hoang Sa archipelago without Vietnam’s permission violate its sovereignty and related rights, and are illegal and valueless.

Earlier on July 6, the South China Morning Post reported that research ship Sun Yat-sen is set to be deployed in the Bien Dong Sea. The purpose of China sending the research ship into the Bien Dong Sea is to promote the survey and exploration of resource-rich sea areas.

Spokeswoman: Illegal Exploration & Survey In Hoang Sa Violate Vietnam’s sovereignty
Chinese ship is planned to pass Vietnam's Hoang Sa in October 2021. (Photo: China Daily)

Regarding women’s participation in Vietnam’s coast guard force, Hang affirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State always strive to perfect its policies and laws to ensure gender equality and empowerment for women, thus creating favorable conditions for them to access and take part in aspects of the social life, including improving their role and position in the armed forces, VNA cited.

Vietnam's efforts to ensure gender equality have been recognized and highly appreciated by the international community, she said.

According to the spokeswoman, female coast guards in different positions have well fulfilled their assigned tasks, helping to realize the Party and State’s political commitment as a responsible member of the international community, standing ready to join hands to deal with international issues, maintain an environment of peace, security, and stability for the sake of cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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