Vietnam opposes construction on rock islets in Hoang Sa, Truong Sa hinh anh 1Mischief shoal in Truong Sa (Source: CSIS)
Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence validating its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokesperson Pham Thu Hang reiterated in Hanoi on September 26.

Replying a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s response to Chinese leaders’ recent statement relating to Truong Sa during the US media’s interview, the deputy spokesperson said the construction and expansion of structures on rock islets and shoals in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa without Vietnam’s permission is completely illegal and void.

Vietnam resolutely opposes the aforementioned actions and requests parties concerned seriously abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, she stated.-VNA