The Department of Posts under the Ministry of Information and Communications on August 28 officially objected to China Post’s issuance of stamps that violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.

In May this year, the Chinese State Post Bureau (China Post) issued a set of six stamps featuring six tourist attractions, one of which showed the images of islands belonging to Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago.

Vietnam’s Post Department said Vietnam has sufficient legal foundation and evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands.

The act by China Post is not in conformity with Article 8 of the Universal Postal Union’s Convention, the department said. It demanded that China Post respect the truth and abolish the stamps, envelops and postcards which were printed with the images of islands of Hoang Sa archipelago. Such acts should be avoided in order to contribute to building ties between the two postal sectors and the two countries, the department said.-VNA