Vietnam has protested over China ’s acts of violating the
sovereignty and jurisdictional rights of Vietnam and asked that it
immediately cease and refrain from recurrence of similar acts.
of the Vietnam Foreign Ministry Nguyen Phuong Nga made the statement on
August 8 in reply to reporters’ questions about Vietnam ’s reaction to
a report by China ’s Xinhua news agency on August 2, that China had
conducted a scientific survey in the East Sea .
to Xinhua, from June 13-July 30, the China Geological Survey cooperated
with a French unit to use the Chinese research vessel Tan Bao Hao to
conduct a scientific survey in sea areas stretching from the western
part of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago (called “Xisha” in Xinhua’s
report) to the northern part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago
(called “Nansha” in Xinhua’s report).
of the vessel Tan Bao Hao, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s
representatives met the Chinese side and stated Vietnam’s points of
view, lodging Vietnam’s protest against China’s acts, which violate the
sovereignty and jurisdictional rights of Vietnam, asking China to
immediate cease and refrain from recurrence of similar acts,” Nga