Friday, November 25, 2011

China violates Vietnam's sovereignty at Paracel archipelago

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry stated on November 24, 2001 that China authorizing rourist exploitation  at the Paracel archipelago is a violation of Vietnam's sovereignty.

Vietnamese Luong Thanh Nghi spokesman.

The statement was made following news that  Chinese Hainan province's authority has granted  permission for one of its tourist company to organize tourist visits from the Province to the Paracel islands. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi asserted that the above mentioned activity of a violation of China against Vietnam's sovereignty.
"Vietnam has confirmed its undisputed sovereignty for both the Paracels and the Spratlys", said Luong Thanh Nghi  in the  regular press conference in Hanoi.
"All the activities of foreigners in this area without the consent of Vietnam is a violation of the sovereignty of Vietnam and goes against the spirit of DOC" as stated in the Joint Statement on codes of conduct on the East Sea that China signed with ASEAN.
The  Foreign Affairs spokesman reiterated Vietnam's stand that peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea are common interests of  the region and of the world.
"The parties concerned should solve disputes through peaceful means, in compliance with international law, particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982)", he said . "Vietnam welcomes  ASEAN and China have agreed to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea aiming to establish a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC)".
During the press conference the Foreign Ministry spokesman also reacted to the U.S. military deployment in Australia as saying : "We hope that the cooperation between nations will contribute positively and responsibly to the joint efforts to maintain peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world". 
During his recent Asian tour  U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to deploy a total of 2,500 Marines to northern Australia. (Reporter Phan Le)
Source: Vn-Expess online  

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