Vietnam condemns China’s illegal acts of cultivating vegetables and exploiting sand on Vietnam’s rightful geographical features in the East Sea, an official has said. Deputy spokesperson for Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Đoàn Khắc Việt. — VNA/VNS Photo Deputy spokesperson for Vietnamese foreign ministry Đoàn Khắc Việt made the statement on Thursday during a press conference held in Hanoi, in response to reports from China’s Global Times indicating that Chinese troops illegally occupying Vietnam’s Phú Lâm (Woody) Island have harvested more than a tonne of vegetables grown using sand-to-soil cultivation technology. The move was done to further Chinese claims over the East Sea (South China Sea internationally)’s many disputed features, which have been deemed by international law experts not technically islands and therefore not capable of guaranteeing extended maritime claims to the waters surrounding an island. Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes as well as the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the East Sea, Việt said. “All actions that are conducted on the archipelagoes without expressed permission from Vietnam are invalid,” Việt said. He also denounced Chinese ships exploiting sand in the East Sea, calling these acts… Read full this story
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