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Vietnam strongly protests China’s so-called 'Sansha City’ on Vietnamese islands

23:08 | 19/04/2020

Vietnam strongly protests China’s formation of the so-called “Sansha City" on Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement Sunday.    

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Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

"Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the archipelagos.

"Vietnam's consistent stance is to strongly protest the formation of the so-called ‘Sansha City’ and related behavior as they seriously violate Vietnam's sovereignty, are unrecognized, have no value and are not beneficial to the friendly relationship between countries, while complicating the situation in the East Sea, the region and the world," Hang said.

Vietnam requires China to respect Vietnam's sovereignty, cancel wrong decisions related to such actions and not repeat similar actions in the future.

The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs on April 18 announced that the State Council of China has recently approved the establishment of the Xisha and Nansha districts under Sansha city, Hainan province. The Xisha administration will be based in Woody Island, of the Paracel while the Nansha administration will be placed in the Fiery Cross Reef of the Spratly.

This action constitutes a serious violation of international law, especially a clear infringement of Vietnam’s indisputable sovereignty and sovereign rights over the two archipelagoes in South China Sea (Vietnam calls the South China Sea is the East Sea - BienDong)..

The Fiery Cross Reef is one of the seven marine features in Vietnam’s Spratly archipelago where China has illegally built artificial islands and constructed various civilian and military structures.

China has vowed not to militarise the islands, but the action runs counter to what it has already pledged.

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