A Paracel Island. Photo: iStock.

Vietnam has protested against China’s recent announcement that it will erect weather stations on the disputed Spratly Islands.

The Chinese government revealed last week that three islands will have weather stations built on them that will offer forecasts to fishermen operating in the South China Sea and nearby countries.

The weather forecasts will also be available to ships that pass through the area.

In response, Le Thi Thu Hang from the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi told the press that Vietnam has a solid legal claim, including historical evidence that will allow them to assert their claim over the Spratly and Paracel Islands, the Associated Press reported.

She said that China’s actions have violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the islands and called on Beijing to stop the building infrastructure on the islands immediately.

The spokeswoman said China should follow the principles that were agreed between the two countries regarding the maritime issues and settlements, as well as the Declaration of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea while maintaining peace and stability.

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