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Vietnam says Chinese bomber at disputed islands 'jeopardises peace'

Vietnam says Chinese bomber at disputed islands 'jeopardises peace'

An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province, on Aug 10, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

HANOI: The presence of Chinese bombers in the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea "jeopardises peace" in the region, Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday (Aug 20).

"The fact that relevant sides sent weapons and bombers to the East Sea not only violates Vietnam's sovereignty but also jeopardises the situation in the area," ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular briefing.

The ministry was asked to comment on the presence of at least one Chinese bomber on the Paracels, which China claims jurisdiction over, along with about 90 per cent of the South China Sea, which is known as the East Sea in Vietnam.

Source: Reuters/dv

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