US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper August 26 warned that China’s plan to modernize its military forces would lead to provocative actions at East Sea and East China Sea.
According to Kyodo news agency, in his speech at an event in Hawaii (USA), Minister Esper said that China has failed to comply with its commitments to comply with international laws, regulations and standards, as well as not adhering to previous commitments to the international community, including the demilitarization of the South China Sea.
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On August 26, responding to a reporter’s question about Vietnam’s response to China’s military exercises in the northeastern waters of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang stated: China’s continuous conduct of exercises in the Paracel archipelago violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over this archipelago, contrary to the spirit of the Declaration on the conduct of the parties in The East Sea (DOC), which complicates the situation, is not conducive to the current negotiation process between China and ASEAN on a Code of Conduct between Parties in the South China Sea (COC) and the maintenance of a peaceful environment. , stability and cooperation in the South China Sea.
Vietnam asks China to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel Islands, to cancel and not to repeat similar violations./.