By Mei Jingya, Sina English
China on Tuesday established the city of Sansha on Yongxing Island in the southernmost province of Hainan at an inaugural ceremony. It took a little more than one month to turn it into reality since the State Council’s approval. “Amazing efficiency,” people exclaimed.
As expected, the move sparked protests from the Philippines and Vietnam.“China formally establishes the city in Spratlys (Nansha Islands in Chinese),” the Philippine Star’s website said in a headline On July 24. The ABC-CNB TV reported that Manila has lodged a diplomatic protest with China on the issue.
"My understanding is that all attendant acts from the establishment of the prefecture, if I am correct, are now covered by the diplomatic protest that was filed,” said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail F. Valte on Tuesday.It’s reported that the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs has handed the note verbale to Chinese Ambassador to Manila Ma Keqing.
"An illegally-established city", Vietnam's Youth Daily lashed out at Sansha on July 22. The Voice of Vietnam claimed China’s Sansha election was slammed by East Asian countries, by which they mean some local Vietnamese officials.
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said Tuesday that China’s action "violates international law, seriously violates Vietnam's sovereignty... and is invalid." He said China must revoke its "wrongdoings" and urged "friendly and cooperative" relations in order to "maintain peace and stability" in the South China Sea.
China’s State Council on June 21 approved the decision to create a prefecture-level Sansha City, which was formally inaugurated on July 24. The whole process took just a little more than a month.
Japan’s TBS TV commented that that China’s management of South China Sea is pushed through in a carefully-arranged manner, which means, China will not back off from its sovereignty claims in the region and also has been fully prepared for the worst.