Sunday, May 21, 2023

Vietnam opposes China opening restaurant at Paracel Islands


 Vietnam opposes China opening a restaurant on Woody Island in the Paracels, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday, stating that the act would be a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.

"We stress that Vietnam has the full legal basis for, and historical evidence to affirm, sovereignty over the Paracel Islands in accordance with international law," said deputy spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang at a press conference.

Hang was responding to inquiries regarding China opening a restaurant on Woody Island, part of the Paracel archipelago, in April.

"Vietnam resolutely opposes all activities that violate its sovereignty and rights over the islands," Hang said.

The Paracel Islands, which Vietnam calls Hoang Sa, have been illegally occupied by China since 1974. Vietnam has voiced its opposition to China’s illegal activities at the East Sea multiple times.



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