Vietnam has demanded that China cease carrying out live-fire exercises in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea as it is a violation of the Southeast Asian country’s maritime sovereignty. Beijing conducted live-fire drills in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa Archipelago as recently as May 9 to 12, according to a statement given by Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang at a regular press conference in Hanoi on Thursday. Such activities are a severe violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands and goes against an agreement on basic principals guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between two nations, and the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), Hang continued. China’s actions further complicate the already complex issue of the Code of Conduct in the East Vietnam Sea (COC) under negation between ASEAN and China, as well as the maintenance of peace, stability, and cooperation in the region, she added. ASEAN is short for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Vietnam demands that China refrain… Read full this story
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