Vietnam affirms its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

So said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on March 7 as he answered reporters’ queries regarding Vietnam ’s response to the recent Chinese sea patrol in the East Sea , including the country’s two archipelagoes.

All actions in the region that take place without Vietnam ’s permission are violations of its sovereignty which the country resolutely opposes, the official added.-VNA