Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh. Photo: VNA 
The spokesperson made the statement on February 28 on answering reporters’ inquiries about China's issuance of the regulations. He stressed that “Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence affirming its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands as well as its legitimate rights over the waters in line with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982 (UNCLOS 1982).”

He said, “The unilateral regulations of China has seriously infringed Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Islands as well as legitimate rights and interests of Vietnam in its waters; violated international law, including the UNCLOS 1982 and related international legal documents, going against the spirit and wording of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), further complicating the situation and increasing tension in the waters.”

Translated by Huu Duong