Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang made the statement during a regular press briefing of the ministry in Hanoi while responding to reporters’ questions regarding recent developments in the East Sea (South China Sea) such as foreign countries’ live-fire drills and US naval ships’ navigation freedom activities.

Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang

“Once again, we affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes,” she declared.

As a member of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 and a coastal country in the East Sea, Vietnam always respects maritime and aviation freedom in the East Sea in line with the convention, she stressed.

At the press conference, the spokesperson also revealed a number of Vietnam’s external relations activities in the coming time.

Source: VNA