Apr. 19 – The government of Hanoi protested on Sunday against the decision of China of establishing two administrative units on islands in the South China Sea. This move proves the Beijing’s willingness to show its presence in the disputed waters.
China is trying to push its presence in that area – whose water are full of natural resources – taking advantage of other competitors’ stall, which are focusing their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“The establishment of the so-called Sansha City and related activities seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement, demanding that China respects Vietnam’s sovereignty and withdraws last actions.
This is not the first episode of tension in this highly contested area. In the beginning of April, Hanoi sent another official protest against China after the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a China Coast Guard vessel near the Paracels Islands.