Last update 1/27/2011 8:00:00 AM (GMT+7)

Vietnam asks China to remove nine-dotted line from Map World

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam protests China’s provision of the online mapping service named Map World, which shows the nine-dotted line in the East Sea, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga on January 26.


Nga said that the Chinese State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping’s launch of the Map World service, which maintains the nine-dotted line in the East Sea, seriously infringes upon Vietnamese sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos, sovereign rights and national jurisdiction over Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zones within 200 nautical miles. It also violates the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and goes against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) signed between ASEAN and China.


Vietnam opposes China’s act and requests the Chinese side to promptly remove from the map service and all data and information that violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereign rights and national jurisdiction over Hoang Sa (Paracel), Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagos and the waters of Vietnam and to abide by the common perception of leaders of the two countries on maintaining peace and stability, and refraining from complicating or expanding disputes in the East Sea, said a spokesperson.