VN condemns China, Taiwan’s illegal acts in the South China Sea: Foreign ministry

Vietnam News
Date: December, 03/2020

Spokesperson for the foreign ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng answered reporters’ questions during a press briefing in Hà Nội on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam on Thursday condemned China and Taiwan’s recent illegal excursion, including operating tourist cruises and organising live fire drills, into its rightful waters and sovereignty in the South China Sea.

Spokesperson for the foreign ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng during a press briefing in Hà Nội said that Chinese Taipei’s holding of military live ammunition exercises around the Ba Bình (Taiping) island on November 24 as part of Việt Nam’s Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelago constituted a “grave violation of Vietnamese territory, sovereign rights.”

She added that the act jeopardised peace, security, stability, safety of navigation, and further complicates matters in the South China Sea (known in Việt Nam as the East Sea).

“Việt Nam strongly opposes such action and demands that Taiwan ceases the undertaking of the illegal exercise, and to refrain from similar acts in the future,” Hằng said.    [FULL  STORY]

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