Vietnam has demanded that China remove military equipment from disputed islands in the South China Sea (SCS) following media reports claiming that Beijing has deployed anti-ship and surface-to-air missile systems on three of the outposts it controls in the Spratlys.
“Vietnam is deeply concerned … and asserts that all military activities, including the deployment of missiles on the Spratly Islands of Vietnam, seriously violate Vietnams sovereignty,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said on 8 May.
“Vietnam requests that China, as a large country, show its responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea,” said the spokesperson, asking Beijing “not to militarise” the area and withdraw the military equipment, which was “illegally deployed on structures under Vietnam's sovereignty”.
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