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10/4/2016 10:28:09 AM

Vietnam opposes China’s holding of election on Tam Sa island

(VNF) - Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh on October 3rd responded to reporters’ questions on Vietnam’s reaction to China holding the election for the 2nd Municipal Congress of “Sansha city” and conducting patrols in the waters off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh. (Photo: VOV)

Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. China’s holding of the election for the Municipal Congress of the so-called Sansha city which was illegally set up by China and conducting illegal patrols in the waters off the Paracels seriously violates the country's sovereignty. 

These illegal acts cannot change the reality of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, spokesperson Binh said.

"Vietnam resolutely opposes and demands China respect its sovereignty, immediately halt its wrongful actions and seriously abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the east Sea (DOC) and the Agreement on fundamental principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China," he added.

Chinese media on September 19th ran headlines reporting Chinese ships ran patrol near Phú Lâm (Woody) island in the Paracel Archipelago. A few days later, Sansha organized its second elections to the municipal People’s Congress, according to Xinhua.  

China unilaterally established Sansha in 2012, a move that faced strong opposition from other East Sea claimants like Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as the United States. Sansha, which administers several island groups and undersea atolls in the East Sea, including the disputed Spratly archipelagos, held the first municipal People’s Congress the same year to elect its mayor and 45 deputies./.

  ( Compiled by VNF )
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