Vietnamese join hands to protect territorial sovereignty

Vo Manh Tuan, who walked 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City over two months.  Photo:  Tuoi Tre    3backpackers group's album

A trans-Vietnam walk, a photograph album and a series of comic strips that were made last year are all aimed at showing the same thing: patriotism and sovereignty protection. >> 'Fists' should be prepared for sovereignty protection: Vietnam rear admiral The walker, the photographers and the writer made their own products to contribute to the manifestation of the Vietnamese people's love for the fatherland and their determination to safeguard national territorial sovereignty in response to China's illegal deployment of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Vietnamese waters from early May to July 16, 2014. Vo Manh Tuan: a two-month walk Vo Manh Tuan, a young teacher with a Master's degree at Kon Tum Vocational High School in the Central Highlands city of Kon Tum, reached his final destination at the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22, 2014 after walking 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi over two months. During his trans-Vietnam walk, the 28-year-old took along … [Read more...]

East Sea: When the ‘fox’ deliberately sticks out its legs

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VietNamNet Bridge – It is possible that the accelerated rehabilitation and construction activities on the reef Gac Ma (Johnson) and Chu Thap (Fiery Cross) are part of China's strategic intentions of giving the international community with a fait accompli before the International Court of Justice makes a judgment. Relate news East Sea: Are artificial islands more dangerous than oil rigs? China has turned the Fiery Cross Reef into the largest island in the Spratly Islands: Photo: SCMP Recently, the South China Morning Post (SCMP - Hong Kong) newspaper quoted Chinese experts as saying that China could turn the Fiery Cross Reef into the largest artificial island in the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) of Vietnam. This reef currently has an area of approximately 1 km2 and the land reclamation here can still be ongoing. The process of expansion is occurring faster than expected and it is likely that this reef will surpass Ba Binh (Itu Aba), the largest island in the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/1

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Khanh Ly Live Concert in Binh Duong Khanh Ly Live Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on January 23 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center after two live concerts in Hanoi and Danang City in August last year, reports Tuoi Tre newspaper. According to organizers Anh Sao Duong Joint Stock Company and Dong Dao Entertainment Company, famous singer Khanh Ly will arrive in HCMC this Sunday to make preparations for the concert. Director Pham Hoang Nam will be responsible for directing the whole event with the assistance of music editor Cao Trung Hieu and music director Ly Huynh Long. The concert will also feature composer Nguyen Anh 9 as well as singers Elvis Phuong, Quang Thanh and Ha Anh Tuan. Tickets are priced at VND0.9-2.5 million each. For further information, contact 091 3781 278 or 094 5678 767. Russian lensman to share his love Moscow-based photographer Igor Burba will join an art talk tomorrow to interact with a Vietnamese audience and share his experiences in … [Read more...]

Over VND143 billion in support for Spratly and Paracel Archipelagoes

Fishermen go fishing at Ly Son Island, the central province of Quang Ngai.  (Photo: VnExpress)

During its 5th meeting of the central committee held on December 26th, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) announced that as of December 22nd it had collected over VND143 billion in assistance for Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagoes from 2 programs. Accordingly, the program "SentimentswithHoang SaandTruong Sa" was launched by the VGCL on March 14th with an aim to raise assistance to support the lives of martyrs at Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, and fisheries surveillance and coast guard forces. The program received over VND98 billion and spent over VND1.5 billion building houses of gratitude; giving savings books for soldiers and martyrs’ families of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as well as for the families of those Vietnamese soldiers who died on Gac Ma Island, part of Truong Sa. Earlier, in September, 2011, the VGCL launched the program "Fishing nets of love for Hoang Sa and Truong Sa fishermen" calling for support for fisheries societies and … [Read more...]

Designs for memorial park for fallen Truong Sa soldiers on show

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An exhibition opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday to highlight three designs selected from a contest for a memorial park for 64 heroic combatants who perished in the 1988 battle to protect Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea. >> Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers The designs, which are on display at the Labor Cultural House in District 1, were chosen from the entries of the "The Memorial Park for the Fallen Combatants on Gac Ma Island - Truong Sa" contest organized by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Architects, and the Ho Chi Minh City Federation of Labor. The contest was meant to find the best design for a memorial park dedicated to those Vietnamese soldiers who died on Gac Ma Island, part of Truong Sa, 26 years ago. The three selected designs include "Hành trình khát vọng" (Journey of Aspiration), "Giọt nước mắt thiên thu" (Tears of … [Read more...]

Vietnam commemorates soldiers who died in deadly naval fight against Chinese

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A Da Nang official gave flowers to families of fallen soldiers in the ceremony on Sunday. Photo: An Dy Authorities in the central city of Da Nang organized Sunday a ceremony to commemorate Vietnamese soldiers who lost their lives defending the Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef in Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands in 1988. The ceremony also marked the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army. More than 100 Truong Sa former soldiers, families of 10 martyrs who died in the Johnson South Reef Skirmish (living in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province) and war veterans in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces attended the ceremony. The Da Nang City Association of War Veterans and other organizations awarded presents to the families of the 10 martyrs. The Johnson South Reef Skirmish of 1988 was a naval battle that took place between Chinese and Vietnamese forces over the Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands on 14 March 1988. Sixty-four Vietnamese soldiers were … [Read more...]

China to build illegal airfield on Vietnam’s Truong Sa

>> Vietnam concerned by violations of int'l law in East Sea: PM  >> China's runway building on island violates Vietnam's sovereignty >> Ministry protests China's illegal act on Vietnam's Truong Sa

China's decision to build an airport on an island belonging Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago highlights its defiant attitude towards the international community and is part of its scheme to exclusively occupy the East Sea, a former Vietnamese border official has said. Tran Cong Truc, former chief of the Government's Border Committee, made the comment in a recent interview with Tuoi Tre about the fact that China has decided to build an illegal airport on Da Chu Thap Island (Fiery Cross Reef), part of Truong Sa in the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Expanding Johnson South Reef: What is China’s plot?

China is turning Johnson South Reef into an artificial island. Photo: DSPL

VietNamNet Bridge - Former Deputy Minister of Defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, confirmed that China's construction activities on islands in Vietnam's Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) aim at military targets, laying the foundation for implementation of the "China dream". relate news China's dark designs after 25 years of seizing Johnson South ReefChina is building artificial islands in order to change the status quo of the Gac Ma (Johnson South) Reef and some areas in the Spratly Islands of Vietnam. What do you think about China's latest moves? … [Read more...]

China’s dark designs after 25 years of seizing Johnson South Reef

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VietNamNet Bridge - The steps taken by China, from Hainan to Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly), from military and civilian coordination, show that China is looking for ways to implement the ambition of monopolizing the East Sea. Twenty-five years after the illegal use of force to occupy Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) and six other reefs in Vietnam's Spratly Islands, China once again, despite the objections of law and of international opinion, is improving and expanding this reef in order to turn it into an artificial island to serve the plot of gradually monopolize the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Freedom of navigation and sovereignty of Paracel and Spratly Islands

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VietNamNet Bridge - China has been taking advantage of the strategic position of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in the East Sea to implement its ambitions of occupying the East Sea, seriously threatening freedom of navigation in an extremely important area of the world. Phu Lam Island (Woody) of Vietnam was occupied illegally by China. Photo: Google Earth in 2012. … [Read more...]

Fact finding tour of monument honouring soldiers in Gac Ma island, Truong Sa archipelago

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(VOVworld) - Chairman of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor Dang Ngoc Tung has visited a construction place for building a park commemorating soldiers who died in mission in Gac Ma island. The construction site is in the north of Cam Ranh peninsula near a road linking Cam Ranh airport to the city center. The park will be built with funding from workers and people to honor soldiers who sacrificed their life in national defense. Chairman of the Confederation, Dang Ngoc Tung:"During the trip, architects will gather materials for their design to illustrate the hardship and brave struggle of Vietnamese soldiers. This monumental park will become a place of education for younger generations about patriotism." … [Read more...]

Vietnam vice premier to visit US to promote ties

>> U.S. Secretary of State Kerry congratulates Vietnam on National Day  >> US hails Vietnam's goodwill, criticizes China's provocation over sea dispute

During the coming visit to the U.S, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and his hosts will discuss measures to strengthen the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the U.S., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said Thursday. During the two-day visit starting on October 1, the two sides will also discuss activities to mark the 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Binh said. … [Read more...]

Political News 26/9

VN active in Asia-Pacific stability Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said here yesterday Viet Nam would do its best to serve as a pro-active regional actor to contribute to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Minh was speaking to the Asia Society in New York City. The meeting was one of many Minh held on the sideline of the 69th United Nations General Assembly. In his speech, he said all countries with a stake in the future of the Asia-Pacific needed to strengthen their political will and determination to work together. … [Read more...]

VN supports fight against terrorism

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam supported efforts by the international community to combat all forms of terrorism, including acts of violence and extremism, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh said at a press conference in Ha Noi yesterday. Anti-terrorism efforts needed to respect the United Nations Charter; the basic principles of international law, including independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries concerned; and guarantee safety for civilians, Binh said. He was responding to question from the Vietnam News Agency on Viet Nam's position on the US air strike on the Syrian-based Islamic State. … [Read more...]

VN takes measures to protect fishermen in traditional fishing grounds

VGP - Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh affirmed that Viet Nam has launched measures to protect its fishermen in traditional fishing grounds at a regular press conference in Ha Noi on September 25. Earlier on September 24, China's Maritime Safety Administration announced that China would conduct a large-scale live ammunition exercise in the South of Hainan Island near Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracels) archipelago. When asked about the impact of the exercise would have on Vietnamese fishermen and the measures Viet Nam would launch to protect its fishermen, Mr. Binh said revealed that Vietnamese functional agencies verified the information and took necessary measures to protect its fishermen. … [Read more...]

Vietnam backs international efforts to fight terrorism

Vietnam supports the efforts undertaken by the international community to combat all forms of terrorism, including acts of violence and extremism, Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Hai Binh declared during a press conference in Hanoi on September 25. Anti-terrorism efforts needed to respect the United Nations Charter; the basic principles of international law, including independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries concerned; and guarantee safety for civilians, Binh said in response to the Vietnam News Agency's question on Vietnam's position on the US' airstrike on the Syrian-based Islamic State. … [Read more...]

Vietnam supports international efforts to fight terrorism

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh

(VOVworld) - The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman hailed Vietnam's support for international efforts to combat terrorism while respecting the UN Charter and international law. He was responding to reporters question on Vietnam's stance regarding the US-led air strikes against self proclaimed Islamic State militants in Syria. … [Read more...]