Vietnam protests Beijing’s expansion in disputed South China Sea

Crew members of China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Paracel Islands on May 5, 2016. (AFP)

Vietnam protested on Sunday at China saying it had established two administrative units on islands in the South China Sea, in Beijing’s latest move to demonstrate its assertiveness in the disputed waters.

China has recently been pushing its presence in the energy-rich waters while other claimants are pre-occupied with tackling the new coronavirus pandemic, prompting the US to call on China to stop its “bullying behavior” there.

On Saturday it said it had established an administrative district on the Paracel islands and another on the Spratly islands. The two districts are under the control of China’s Sansha city, according to China Global Television Network.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 26, 2019. (AFP)

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 26, 2019. (AFP)

“The establishment of the so-called Sansha City and related activities seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement.

“Vietnam demands that China respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and abolish its wrongful decisions,” Hang said in the statement.

A Chinese government survey ship was seen earlier this week tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas in the disputed waters, and remained offshore of Malaysia as of late Sunday.

Earlier this month, Vietnam lodged an official protest with China after the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat it said had been rammed by a China Coast Guard vessel near the Paracels.

Read more:

China provoked coronavirus blame game with disinformation against US: Expert

21 mln drop in China's mobile users may suggest higher coronavirus death toll: Report

Coronavirus can survive 60 degrees Celsius for an hour, boiling temp kills it: Study

SHOW MORE
Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
Top