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Vietnam accuses China of practicing live fire in Hoang Sa

Letter to the FutureMay 31, 2018, 6:40:18 PM
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The Foreign Ministry of Vietnam stated that the practice of firing live ammunition in Hoang Sa was a serious violation of Vietnam's sovereignty.

China exercises live fire in the South China Sea in May 2017. Picture: Huanqiu.

China continues to conduct live fire exercises in the Paracel archipelago of Vietnam from May 9th to May 12th, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang at a press conference. now on.

The website of the Hainan Provincial Customs Service (May 9-12) announced that the Chinese military exercises live fire in the area between the Paracel Islands under the sovereignty of Vietnam. In these announcements, the HNMSA prohibited vehicles entering the military rehearsal area.

Hang said that China's activities seriously infringed Vietnam's sovereignty over the Paracels, contrary to the Agreement on Fundamental Principles for Addressing Maritime Matters between the Two Countries.

China's live fire exercises also violate the spirit of the Declaration of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), complicating the situation, not conducive to the negotiation process between the ASEAN Code of Conduct (COC) and China, is not conducive to maintaining a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment in the South China Sea.

The location of China's illegal firefighting exercises in the Paracel Islands. Graphics: Google Map .

Ms Hang repeated that Vietnam had sufficient legal and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in accordance with international law.

"Vietnam asks China not to repeat similar activities, respecting Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, respecting the common perception of senior leaders of the two countries, as well. International law, there is no stressful activity, complicate the situation in the region, "the spokesman said.

China has recently increased its military activities in the South China Sea. US intelligence sources say China has deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and anti-aircraft missiles to three artificial islands in April in the Spratly Islands of Vietnam. In May, China announced a strategic bombing of H-6K landing in Phu Lam Island, Hoang Sa archipelago.

Copyright: Khanh Ly - vnexpress.net