By Viet Anh July 16, 2020 | 06:20 pm GMT+7
Satellite photo shows North Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, known in Vietnam as the East Sea, September 2017. Photo by Planet Labs/via Reuters.
Vietnam Thursday dismissed Chinese claims of East Sea activities dating back 2,000 years plus and called for all countries to respect international law.
“I would like to repeat that Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands in accordance with international law,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press meet Thursday.
She was responding to inquiries regarding Vietnam’s reaction to a series of tweets Tuesday by Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.