Satellite photo shows aerostat-shaped object floating on
the Mischief Reef. Photo courtesy of ImageSat International (ISI)
“Vietnam has full legal grounds and historical
evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa
(Spratly) islands,” spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told reporters at the
regular press briefing.
“Vietnam asked all parties to respect the
sovereignty, sovereignty rights and jurisdiction of Vietnam, to seriously
abide by international law and to contribute in a responsible and
constructive manner to the sustaining of security, safety, peace and
stability in the East Sea (South China Sea),” she added.
Israeli satellite company ImageSat International (ISI)
posted a photo on its Twitter account on November 11 showing an
aerostat-shaped object floating on the Mischief Reef – known by Vietnamese
as the Vành Khăn Reef.
The satellite image was the first evidence China had
deployed an airship to the atoll probably for reconnaissance purposes, said
According to military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence,
the high-powered aerostats can monitor both airborne targets and mobile
ground objects within a radius of 300km.
The Mischief Reef was among seven features in the
Spratly Islands illegally taken by China and built into an artificial island
having both military and civilian structures.
China was increasingly intensifying its military
presence in the disputed East Sea where it claimed more than 90 per cent.
Foreign spokeswoman Hang also that Vietnam was
investigating claims a Chinese coast guard ship appeared in Vietnam’s
There were spreading rumours a Chinese coast guard
vessel made its way into the southern continental shelf of Việt Nam in
recent days, interrupting the country’s oil and gas activities.
Tonle Sap area
Vietnam’s representative agencies in Cambodia have
been closely following the relocation of Vietnamese Cambodians in the Tonle
Sap area in Cambodia and have timely taken measures to assist those who had
to relocate, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
At the press briefing, the spokesperson affirmed
that Việt Nam understands Cambodia’s policy on sustainable social and
economic development, including the relocation of residents in the Tonle Sap
area in Kampong Chhnang province.
She added that Vietnam’s representative agencies in
Cambodia have asked Vietnamese Cambodians to follow the law and legal
regulations of the host country.
Asked to comment on opinions that land buying by
Vietnamese Cambodians relocated from Tonle Sap is threatening Cambodia’s
security and sovereignty, spokesperson Hang affirmed that those are
groundless arguments. — VNS