Vietnam Demands Taiwan Cancel Spratly Island Live Fire Drill

Vietnam demanded Taiwan “immediately cancel” a live-fire drill on islands it claims as its own, according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website today.

Taiwan plans to stage the exercise on Taiping Island, in the disputed Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, next month, the China Post reported Aug. 21.

The action “severely violates Vietnam’s sovereignty, threatens peace, stability, security, marine safety, causes tensions and complicates the situation in the East Sea,”, Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said in the statement, using the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea.

— With assistance by Nicholas Heath

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