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Vietnam Protests China’s Plans for Sansha City Garrison

Vietnam protested China’s plans to establish a military garrison on a disputed island in the South China Sea, describing the move as a violation of international law and the Southeast Asian nation’s sovereignty, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said.

“China setting up the so-called Sansha City and implementing the above-mentioned actions violated international law, and seriously infringed upon Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly island groups,” Luong Thanh Nghi said in comments published on the ministry’s website today. He criticized an election to appoint delegates of the city, declaring China’s actions “invalid”.