China Starts Construction of Lighthouses on Islands Vietnam Says Is Vietnamese Property — Disagreements in South China Sea Continue

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Thanh Nien News/Vietnam News Agency

HANOI

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh at a press conference in Hanoi May 28, 2015. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
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Vietnam demands China to immediately stop the construction currently underway on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said with regard to China’s erection of two lighthouses on Truong Sa islands.
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During a regular press conference in Hanoi Thursday, Binh stressed that Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to prove its sovereignty over the two archipelagos.
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The lighthouse building effort undertaken by China violates Vietnam’s sovereignty as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), which the ASEAN member states and China signed in 2002, he said.
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“Vietnam requested China to adhere to internationally recognized principles, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of…

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