Vietnam Has Not Accepted China's Decision On The Disputed Islands In The East Sea
Vietnam protested to China over its claim to form two island counties on the disputed Paracel Islands (Xisha) and the Spratly archipelago (Nansha) in the East sea (Vietnamese for the South China sea). This was stated on Sunday by the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) Le Thi Thu hang.
According to her, Vietnam strongly opposes the actions of China and believes that such decisions have no legal force and are contrary to the spirit of good-neighborly relations between the two countries. "Such steps by the Chinese side seriously violated the sovereignty of Vietnam over the archipelago Years (the Vietnamese name for the Spratly Islands) and the Islands of Changsha (Vietnamese name for Paracel Islands), do not benefit relations between the countries and contribute to the complication of the situation in the East sea, in the region and the world," said the representative of the foreign Ministry of the SRV.
The diplomat's speech came after the Chinese authorities announced on April 18 the creation of the territorial districts of Nansha and Xisha, which will be administratively subordinated to the municipality of Sansha on Hainan island. Le Thi Thu Hang recalled that Hanoi "has enough historical and legal grounds to confirm its indisputable sovereignty" over the Islands of Truongsha and HoangHa. In this regard, Vietnam demands that China respect the sovereignty of the SRV, immediately cancel these illegal decisions and prevent such steps in the future, said the Director of the Department of information and press of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry.
The dispute between Hanoi and Beijing over the ownership of the Paracel Islands and the Spratly archipelago, which both Vietnam and China consider exclusively their own, has been going on for many years. However, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines also claim partial or full claims to these territories. In addition to its strategic location at the crossroads of the Indian and Pacific ocean shipping routes, the value of the Islands is also determined by the fact that their shelf, according to expert estimates, contains significant reserves of oil and mineral resources, the development of which is sought by each of the contenders for the disputed Islands.