Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Doan Khac Viet said the horticultural activity was a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and international law.”All activities on the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands without Vietnam’s permission are violations of Vietnam’s sovereignty and international law,” Viet said at a press meet Thursday.He was responding to queries about a Global Times report on May 19 that said the Chinese navy had used new agricultural technologies to harvest 750 kg of vegetables on what it calls the Xisha Islands.The Chinese media outlet also made a dubious claim that the harvesting vegetables on the Paracel Islands proves that the geographical feature is an island, thus cementing China’s claims in the area.It quoted Chen Xiangmiao, an assistant research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, as saying China’s harvesting vegetables on the Paracel Islands “counters international theories, including those in a 2016 arbitration, that islands in the South China Sea could not support communities of their own.”In that 2016 ruling, judges of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) had rejected the infamous nine-dash line conjured up by Beijing to claim 90 percent of the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea. The ruling… Read full this story
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