Vietnam protests and asks China to stop its upgrade activities in Truong Sa

(VOVworld) - Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has informed the press about Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong’s upcoming visits to China and the US to mark the 65th and 20th anniversaries of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and those countries.

Vietnam protests and asks China to stop its upgrade activities in Truong Sa - ảnh 1
Deputy spokeswoman for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Pham Thu Hang

During a regular press briefing in Hanoi on Tuesday, Pham Thu Hang responded to reporters’ question regarding China’s construction and upgrade activities on Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago, enabling the operation of military base and airport.
She reiterated Vietnam’s clear and consistent view that Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence confirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. China’s construction work to expand the reefs and change the original status in Truong Sa seriously violates both Vietnam’s national sovereignty and the Declaration on Conducts of Parties in the East Sea signed between China and the ASEAN. Vietnam protests and demands China to stop the wrongful acts.

Regarding China’s defense budget increase this year, the deputy spokeswoman said as a member of the United Nations Security Council and an important regional country, China is expected to contribute responsibly to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
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