She stressed, “As constantly reiterated, Vietnam has sufficient historical evidence and legal grounds to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in accordance with international law.”

Spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang

China’s move complicated the situation and hampered current negotiations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) as well as the maintenance of a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment in the East Sea, she added.

The MFA’s spokeswoman stated that Vietnam requests China to respect its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, stop and not repeat similar violations that would further complicate the situation in the East Sea.

Translated by Chung Anh