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VIETNAM DEMANDED CHINA TO STOP SENDING CRUISE SHIPS TO THE PARACEL ISLANDS





Ilknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- Vietnam demanded China to stop sending cruise ships to the South China Sea. 

A Chinese cruise ship with more than 300 passengers visited the disputed Paracel Islands earlier this month. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign affairs, Le Hai Binh told to Reuters as "Vietnam strongly opposes this and demands that China respect Vietnam's sovereignty over the Paracel Islands and international law and immediately stop and not repeat those activities". He added "Those actions have seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty over the Paracel Islands and international law".

The first cruises from China to the Paracel islands were launched by Hainan Strait Shipping Co in 2013. 

There is an ongoing dispute in the region. South China Sea has become one of the most stressed fault lines of international politics.  China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and indirectly USA have claims on resource-rich, trade road. China tries to impose its claims by building artificial islands. In the last summer, Philippines won legal case against China as the highest court of UN decided China behaves illegally; violate Philippines sovereignty over the land and natural heritage of corals.

Not only China but also Vietnam and Taiwan have claims over the islands.