South China Sea: US says it’s aware of reports Vietnam fortified islands

12 August, 2016 | Vietnam News
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel (R) passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 (L) in the South China Sea, about 210 km from the coast of Vietnam in June 13, 2014. (Photo: Reuters/ File Photo)

WASHINGTON – The US State Department says the country is aware of reports that Vietnam has deployed missile systems on several of its outposts on the Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea.

On Wednesday, State Department Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau called all claimants to not militarize their holdings over the sea.

“We continue to call on all South China Sea claimants to avoid actions that build tensions, take practical steps to build confidence and intensify efforts that find peaceful, diplomatic solutions to dispute,” she said at a news briefing.

– TiVi Tuan-san