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The Republic of China (Taiwan) protests Vietnam law claiming South China Sea Islands

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) expresses its serious concern and firm opposition over Vietnam’s Law on the Sea, which erroneously places the Shisha (Paracel) Islands and Nansha (Spratly) Islands under Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction. MOFA hereby solemnly reiterates the government of the Republic of China’s position as follows:

1.Whether looked at from the perspective of history, geography or international law, the Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, Chungsha Islands (Macclesfield Bank) and Tungsha (Pratas) Islands, as well as their surrounding waters, are an inherent part of the territory of the Republic of China (Taiwan). These archipelagoes therefore fall under the sovereignty of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The government reasserts that it enjoys all rights over the islands and their surrounding waters, and that it denies all unlawful claims to sovereignty over, or occupation of, these areas by other countries.

2.The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) upholds the basic principles of “safeguarding sovereignty, shelving disputes, promoting peace and reciprocity, and encouraging joint exploration” to resolve South China Sea disputes. It hereby again calls on all neighboring countries to respect the principles and spirit of international law, exercise self-restraint, maintain freedom of navigation, and refrain from adopting unilateral measures that threaten the peace and stability of the region. Taiwan urges these countries to engage in dialogue rather than confrontation, so that a peaceful resolution can be reached.(E)

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