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7/4/2019 9:26:32 PM

Vietnam calls on all sides respect national sovereignty, int’l law in East Sea

Vietnam suggests that all activities in the East Sea should respect sovereignty and legitimate and legal interests of countries and observe international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, contributing to regional peace, security, stability and cooperation.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo provided by the ministry

The statement was made by Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang while answering reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s response to China’s recent missile test in the East Sea on July 4.

She said Vietnam is interested in and keeping a close watch on this incident.

In late June-early July, China staged a major war game lasting for a week to the north of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea.

On July 2, the United States military confirmed that China had launched anti-ship ballistic missiles from man-made structures near Truong Sa.

“Of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the [East Vietnam Sea] near the Spratly Islands,” CNBC quoted Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn as saying in an emailed statement in response to their inquiry about the tests.

"I'm not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I'm sure they agree that (China's) behavior is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other claimants," Eastburn added.

“What’s truly disturbing about this act is that it’s in direct contradiction to President Xi’s statement in the Rose Garden in 2015 when he pledged to the US, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world, that he would not militarize those man-made outposts.”

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