Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh has stated that every
activity of parties must positively and constructively contribute to the
maintenance of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the
Binh reaffirmed the above consistent position of Viet Nam at the press
conference on Thursday while he was asked about the country’s response
to the Japanese Defense Minister’s recent statement that Japan will
increase joint patrols with the United States in the East Sea.
The Spokesman stressed that the East Sea is the
life-line for the region and the world, thus countries inside and
outside the region all enjoy benefits and have responsibilities to
safeguard peace and stability in the East Sea.
Regarding Taiwan’s construction of some facilities in
the Ba Binh island in Viet Nam’s Truong Sa archipelago for military
purposes, Spokesman Binh said Vietnamese competent authorities are
verifying it while re-affirming Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the
Taiwan’s occupation and activities in the area are
completely illegal and seriously encroach upon Viet Nam’s sovereignty.
Viet Nam resolutely protests against the activities, he said.
For the recent drills jointly conducted by China and
Russia, Mr. Binh said that as a coastal country and a signatory of the
1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Viet Nam believes
that all activities, including military ones in the East Sea must comply
with international law, especially the UNCLOS.
Viet Nam expects that all countries should make
positive contributions to maintain peace and stability, ensure security
and safety of navigation and aviation in the East Sea and Asia-Pacific