Vietnam asks China to stop tourists cruise in Paracel

“Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, and China’s tourist promotion activities on the islands have seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty, gone against the Vietnam – China agreement on the basic principles for settlement of issues at sea, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and further complicated the situation in the East Vietnam Sea and the region,” Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said as reported by tuoitrenews.vn.

This statement of Vietnam came after China revamped its tourist cruise on Paracel Islands. Tourists will sleep on board Coconut Princess and visit some islands where they can play beach volleyball, dive, fish and take wedding photos.

“Vietnam demands that China immediately stop such an unlawful act,” the Vietnamese spokesman added.

Vietnam expects to receive its third Kilo-class submarine made by Russia this coming November. Out of six ordered, two were already delivered since December 2013. All six will be completed from 2015 to 2016.

The Kilo-class submarines are armed with a Klub-S cruise missile system with 3M-54E1 missiles bearing 450-kg warheads that have a firing range of 220 km.

It also have eight Strela-3 anti-aircraft missiles with a firing range of 6 km, six torpedo tubes, and other advanced military equipment.