China warns Vietnam on Paracels and Spratly Islands

by Chris Zappone

Tired of the Senkaku-Diaoyu islands dispute? Luckily, there is fresh news on China-Vietnam maritime tensions in the South China Sea.

China has warned Vietnam not to enforce its newly enacted law aimed at asserting Vietnamese ownership of the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China claims those same islands, calling them Xisha and Nansha.

From Press Trust of India: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunyang in a statement here urged Vietnam to refrain from taking any actions that complicate and escalate issues between the two countries, as the Vietnamese maritime law came into effective from yesterday. 

Hua stressed China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands called by China Xisha and Nansha Islands and Paracel islands by Vietnam.

The Chinese established full control of the Paracel Islands from Vietnam in 1974, after the two nations clashed at sea, in the twilight of the Vietnam War.