All parties must respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes in the East Vietnam Sea. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper question at a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday on a groundless remark by Chinese President Xi Jinping that islands in the East Vietnam Sea have been China’s territory since ancient times. The Chinese president, who is also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, delivered the remark in his speech at the National University of Singapore when he visited the city-state on Saturday last week. “The [East Vietnam Sea] islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times. It is [China’s] duty to uphold [its] sovereignty,” The Straits Times quoted President Xi as saying. In response to this baseless statement, Binh said, “Vietnam requests that all parties respect its sovereignty over Truong Sa and Hoang Sa, not deliver speeches or take action that complicate the East Vietnam Sea situation, and actively contribute to peace and stability in the region and the world”. Vietnam reiterates that the country has full historical and legal evidence to prove its indisputable sovereignty over the archipelagoes, the spokesman underlined. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!