February 09, 2017 | 22:39 (GMT+7)
Chinese bank branch on Vietnam’s Phu Lam Island is illegal: Spokesman
A Chinese bank branch established in the so-called Sansha city on Phu Lam Island in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago is illegal, stated Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh
He chaired the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on February 9 and responded to some queries, including the one on Vietnam’s reaction to a Chinese bank setting up a branch in the so-called Sansha city.
“We have repeatedly affirmed that Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. Therefore, every activity carried out by foreign countries in this area, if there is, without Vietnam’s permission is illegal and does not change the fact that Vietnam has full sovereignty over the area,” Binh said.