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China issues statement against Vietnam's island claims

06-21-2012 19:50 BJT

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Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a statement countering Vietnam’s passing of a national law of the sea.

The declaration said China has indisputable sovereignty over Xisha, Nansha Islands, and nearby waters. This came in response to Thursday’s law passed by the Vietnam National Assembly that claimed sovereignty and jurisdiction over the area.

China’s statement says any country’s claim of sovereignty over these areas and any move based on this claim is illegal and invalid. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun has summoned Vietnamese Ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho to lodge a solemn representation on the law’s passing.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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