Vietnam has strongly objected to China’s acts to change the status quo of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes in the East Sea.
The objection was made by Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang at a regular press conference of the ministry in Hanoi on Thursday.
In reply to questions about the ministry’s response to China’s building an illegal airport on Da Chu Thap (Fiery Cross Reef), part of Truong Sa, Hang said, “Once again, we reiterate Vietnam’s undisputable sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa. All unilateral activities conducted by any parties to change the status quo in this area without Vietnam’s permission are illegal and invalid.”
In a recent interview with Tuoi Tre about this issue, Tran Cong Truc, former chief of the Government’s Border Committee, commented that the building of the airport on Da Chu Thap Island is also a part of China’s plan to occupy the entire East Sea to boost oil exploitation to satisfy its thirst for energy.
“Logistical costs in oil exploitation are very high, so the building of an on-site logistics base will help improve the exploitation’s efficiency,” he added.
Earlier on October 9, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said at another press conference in Hanoi that Vietnam strongly objected to China’s construction of an airstrip on Phu Lam Island in Hoang Sa archipelago, considering it a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelago.
The objection was made two day after Chinese media said that China has completed the expansion of landscapes and the building of a 2,000-m runway on the Island.
In a related development, China’s Xinhua News, citing the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, said that Beijing and ASEAN will convene a two-day meeting on the implementation of the Declaration of the Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in Thailand on October 28 to 29.