Thanh Nien News Thursday, October 23, 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Pham Thu Hang
HANOI – Vietnam has objected China’s “illegal actions” on the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos in the East Sea, also known as South China Sea, over which Vietnam claims sovereignty.
“We once again strongly confirm Vietnam’s indisputable sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa,” Pham Thu Hang, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a a press briefing Thursday.
Hang was answering a question about Vietnam’s response to China’s illegal building of an airport on Fiery Cross Reef in Truong Sa Islands and its support for Taiwan’s deployment of armed ships on Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island in Truong Sa.
“All unilateral actions conducted by any parties to change the status quo in these areas without Vietnam’s permission are illegal and invalid,” she replied.
Hang told the press Vietnam and China will celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year, and the two countries will actively exchange visits to boost the bilateral relations.