Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – July 26

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Below are some of the main stories published today, July 26, in the Vietnamese press: -- Top Vietnamese leaders laid a wreath and offered incense at the Monument to war Heroes and Martyrs in Hanoi on Friday on the 67th anniversary of Vietnam's War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). Among the leaders were General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. They … [Read more...]

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Vietnam to launch park design contest to honor Gac Ma heroes

>> Veteran recalls Truong Sa battle amidst tension in East Vietnam Sea  >> Vietnam holds memorial service for 64 Gac Ma heroes  >> Gac Ma battle should be included in textbooks: historians

Vietnam will launch a contest on Friday to select the best design for a park to be built in the central region in memory of 64 officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People's Navy who perished in a battle against Chinese invaders more than two decades ago. A launching ceremony will be organized in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Van Ngang, deputy chairman of the Vietnam Labor General Confederation (VLGC), said at a press conference in Hanoi on Monday. … [Read more...]

PAN to organize a program in honour of fallen soldiers’ wives

Press conference introducing the event on July 9th.

PANO - An artistic program to honour fallen soldiers' wives, show gratitude to those who rendered good service to the nation and praise groups and individuals with great contributions to gratitude activities will take place on July 16th in Hanoi and be broadcast live on Vietnam Television Channel 2, announced the organizers at a press conference on July 9th in Hanoi. Jointly organised by the Vietnam Martyr Families Support Association, the People's Army Newspaper (PAN), the State Bank of … [Read more...]

China’s hegemony dream in caricatures

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The Chinese-run Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig, the cow's tongue line or nine-dash line, and China's dream of global hegemony will be the subjects of a caricature exhibition to take place in Hanoi next week. >>ASEAN needs to strengthen role in settling sea disputes: Vietnam official>> National sovereignty is sacred and inviolable: Vietnam President … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/6

Children's helpline receives 1.5m calls A State-run helpline known as Marvellous Key that provides 24-hour advice on child-related issues has received more than 1.5 million of calls from children and adults over the past 10 years, 69 per cent of which came from children. They included 3,000 calls from children who were abandoned, trafficked, abused or psychologically harmed. The findings were released yesterday under a report compiled by the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs' … [Read more...]

Phu Yen fishermen: Being solitaire to cling to sea

The Great Solidarity vessel group getting ready to head towards Truong Sa for exploiting seafood and protecting the sea and islands' sovereignty

Phu Yen is the province at the position of tuna exploiting, with the fairly powerful vessel force, majoring in exploiting in Truong Sa fishing points. "Although China is frequently taking hindrance actions, Phu Yen fishermen are determined to cling to sea, both to exploit seafood and contribute to protecting the Nation's waters", asserted Mr. Huynh Tan Hiep, head of the Solidarity vessel group. … [Read more...]

3 scenarios for spat over Chinese oil rig in Vietnam’s waters

>> Vietnam sends 2nd diplomatic note protesting China to UN

China may respond in three scenarios to Vietnam's protest against its oil rig illegally placed in Vietnamese waters since early this month, a senior military official warned in a program aired on the Voice of Ho Chi Minh City radio station on Saturday. >> US hails Vietnam's goodwill, criticizes China's provocation over sea dispute … [Read more...]

Truong Sa through lens of Vietnamese photographer

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The dream of setting foot on the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago of Vietnam has come true for award-winning photographer Du Hai, who has just completed a 10-day journey to the islands. "I've spent most of the time shooting sports photos, so my biggest dream at my age now is to take a trip to Truong Sa," the 62-year-old man said. … [Read more...]

Vietnam desires real, practical peace

Spratly and Paracels archipelagos belong to Vietnam

Vietnam wants real peace, but not on impracticable terms based on greed and territorial expansion; and real friendship based on mutual respect, but not at the price of hegemony and dependence. … [Read more...]

Gac Ma battle should be included in textbooks: historians

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The 1988 battle against Chinese forces on Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam's Truong Sa archipelago in the East Sea, in which 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers were killed, should be included in textbooks, two historians have suggested. >> Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers >> Sculptor proposes building stone island for Truong Sa heroes >> Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers … [Read more...]

Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers

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The Vietnam General Labor Confederation solemnly launched a program on Thursday to commemorate 138 Vietnamese soldiers who fell in the 1974 and 1988 battles against Chinese forces to safeguard Vietnam's sovereignty of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes in the East Sea. >> Sculptor proposes building stone island for Truong Sa heroes >> Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers >> The US's … [Read more...]

Memorial temple to warm souls of fallen Truong Sa heroes

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A plan to build a memorial temple in south-central Khanh Hoa Province for 64 heroic Vietnamese combatants who perished in a 1988 battle to protect Vietnam's sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea against Chinese invaders has highly been applauded by the heroes' relatives. >> Vietnam to build memorial temple for fallen Truong Sa soldiers >> The US's evidence of Vietnam's sovereignty over islands >> Exhibition on evidence of VN's sovereignty over islands The … [Read more...]

Veterans in the Truong Sa 1988 battle to group up

The memorial ceremony of the martyrs who sacrificed in the battle on   the islands of Co Lin, Gac Ma and Len Dao on 14/3/1988.

VietNamNet Bridge - A meeting with the title "Towards the beloved Truong Sa" will be held in Da Nang City, with the participation of veterans and relatives of martyrs who sacrificed in the battle to save Truong Sa (Spratlys) Archipelago in March 1988. Mr. Thai Thanh Hung, chairman of the Veterans of Da Nang city, said the meeting will be held on the morning of March 14 (25 years after the battle to protect the Truong Sa Archipelago). In addition to family members of nine martyrs in Da Nang, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese veteran hero receives aid to build house

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Vietnam Veterans Association in the north-central province of Quang Binh together with a team of reporters handed over VND136 million (US$6,506) to Mai Xuan Hai, a veteran who fought to protect Gac Ma Island in Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago in 1988. Mai Xuan Hai (3rd from left in white shirt) receives financial aid to build a new house in Bo Trach District of Quang Binh Province (Photo: SGGP) On March 14, 1988, Mai Xuan Hai was illegally arrested from Leizhou Peninsula under China and held … [Read more...]

Chivalry on the open sea

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Among the fishermen who are 'born to dive' on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai, most talented men form teams to salvage wreckage when necessary in the East Sea. Part 1: Born to divePart 2: Sea diving voyage worth a fortunePart 3: Sea diving - trophy and invalidity Part 4: Chivalry on the open sea Part 5: They join deep sea diving voyages to search for ships and human remains of soldiers from the Vietnamese Navy that were shot and destroyed by Chinese war ships near … [Read more...]

A link between the martyrs and the living

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The souls of martyrs are believed to accompany and support their beloved relatives as they make a connection between the two worlds. Stories and letters sent to these martyrs, and the search for their remains all indicate links between the living and the martyrs. The letter without a recipient The author of the letter without a recipient is Tran Thi Thu Ha, who wrote to her father Tran Duc Thong – the chief of the Vietnamese forces engaged in the sea battle around Truong Sa … [Read more...]

Visiting Quang Binh, meeting with the naval soldiers of Gac Ma battle

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On Mar 14, 1988 a fierce sea battle took place between Vietnamese soldiers and Chinese troops around Co Lin, Len Dao and Gac Ma, which are part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. Despite the serious imbalance in power, the Vietnamese captains and soldiers unwaveringly resolved to safeguard the islands. In the heroic battle Quang Binh province alone has 13 fallen soldiers, 2 awarded the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces". The two persons were awarded the titles "Hero of … [Read more...]

The forgotten Truong Sa sea battle

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On Mar 14, 1988 a fierce sea battle took place between Vietnamese soldiers and Chinese troops around Co Lin, Len Dao and Gac Ma, which are part of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. However, few people know the details of this battle. The Vietnamese soldiers’ extraordinary gallantry and dogged determination to safeguard the nation’s territory was defeated by Chinese state-of-the-art weaponry and ruthlessness. Since then Gac Ma Island has been illigimately occupied by China. The … [Read more...]

Commemorate soldiers who sacrificed to protect Spratlys Islands

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VietNamNet Bridge - Amid the spiritual sea and sky of the country, hundreds of soldiers stood in memory of the soldiers who rest in peace forever on the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) in the battle on March 14, 1988, on Gac Ma Island. On 14.03.1988, when Vietnamese transport ships and soldiers were performing their mission of protecting the islands of Co Lin, Gac Ma and Len Dao, Chinese warships used large artilleries to attack the ship HQ-604 near … [Read more...]

Thanh Nien honors martyrs of 1988 Truong Sa battle

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Thanh Nien newspaper on July 26 handed over gifts and other support worth VND20 million each to the families of nine soldiers who died in a battle against Chinese soldiers to protect Vietnam's Gac Ma Island in the Truong Sa Archipelago in 1988. The families of nine soldiers from Thai Binh Province were the last batch to receive gifts from the newspaper in it's '"Grateful to Gac Ma Martyrs'" program that covered the families of 64 Vietnamese martyrs who died in the battle. … [Read more...]