The South China Sea has long been regarded as a major source of tension and instability in Pacific Asia.
To clarify the position of claimants is a research task for creating the confidence building measures and promoting efforts to manage the possible conflicts in the region.
The purpose of this article is to address the Vietnamese position on the sovereignty disputes over the Paracels and Spratlys, and maritime zones in the South China Sea.
The Vietnamese position will be examined from three aspects:
(1) the sovereignty of the Paracels and the Spratlys;
(2) the maritime zones around these islands; and
(3) the settlement of disputes in the South China Sea.