China blamed for escalating East Sea tensions

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Military action a remote possibility, but quest for peaceful solutions weakened by Chinese aggression and obfuscation, experts say Traditional bamboo fishing boats on My Khe Beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang. Experts say China's recent actions, including the arrest of 21 Vietnamese fishermen on March 3, have worsened tensions in the East Sea. Photo: AFP … [Read more...]

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China blamed for escalating East Sea tensions 

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Military action a remote possibility, but quest for peaceful solutions weakened by Chinese aggression and obfuscation, experts say Traditional bamboo fishing boats on My Khe Beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang. Experts say China's recent actions, including the arrest of 21 Vietnamese fishermen on March 3, have worsened tensions in the East Sea. China's plan to publish a map that claims disputed regions and its aggressive actions of late have worsened tensions in the East Sea, also … [Read more...]

VN asks China to respect sovereignty

HA NOI — Viet Nam has asked the Chinese side to respect the country's sovereignty and end all practices violating its control over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability on the East Sea. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request yesterday in response to China's recent activities near Viet Nam's Hoang Sa Archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and gas tenders for 19 lots in the northern … [Read more...]

VN asks China to end sovereignty violations

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Vietnam asks the Chinese side to respect the country's sovereignty and end all activities violating its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability on the East Sea . Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request on March 15 in response to the Chinese side's recent activities over Vietnam 's Hoang Sa ( Paracel) archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and … [Read more...]

Vietnam protests China’s activities on Hoang Sa

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Vietnam requests China to respect its territorial sovereignty and stop all activities that violate Vietnam's sovereignty of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi on March 15. Chinashould stop violating Vietnam's sovereignty: FM spokesman Recently, China continued to carry out activities at Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, specifically: Chinese Oil Company invited bids for 19 blocks in the northern East Sea, one nautical mile from the … [Read more...]

Vietnam protests China’s activities in Hoang Sa area

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Vietnam requests China to respect its territorial sovereignty and stop all activities that violate Vietnam's sovereignty of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi on March 15. China should stop violating Vietnam's sovereignty: FM spokesman Recently, China continued to carry out activities in Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) area, specifically: The China National Offshore Oil Corporation invited bids for 19 lots in the northern East Sea, one nautical … [Read more...]

Vietnam asks China to end sovereignty violations

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Vietnam asks the Chinese side to respect the country's sovereignty and end all activities violating its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago, making practical contributions to maintaining peace and stability on the East Sea. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi.Photo: VNA Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi made the request on March 15 in response to the Chinese side's recent activities over Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) … [Read more...]

Vietnam affirms sovereignty over archipelagoes

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Vietnam affirms its undisputable sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga. Nga made the statement in Hanoi on April 8 while answering reporters' question on Vietnam's response to information released by the Xinhua news agency on April 3 that China's Hainan province defined Dao Cay (Tree Island) in Vietnam's Hoang Sa archipelago, which is called Zhaoshudao in Chinese, as one of the key islands under … [Read more...]

Vietnam opposes Chinese boat racing off Hoang Sa islands 

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Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesman Friday condemned China's recent hosting of boat races to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands as a critical violation of Vietnam's sovereignty, VnExpress reported. According to Luong Thanh Nghi, Hainan Province authorities have organized a sailing boat race from Sanya City to the islands, an action that goes against China's commitments to refrain from actions that complicate the East Sea situation. "Vietnam strongly opposes the action, and demands China … [Read more...]

Chinese scholars rejects China’s U-shaped line

Chinese scholar Li Linghua.

VietNamNet Bridge - To help the Chinese public and the Chinese people understand the truth, Chinese scholar Li Linghua has published evidence about the origin of islands in the East Sea and the wrong and dangerous U-shaped line of China. China is expanding its monopoly in the East Sea and infringing upon Vietnam's sovereignty. Domestically, the Chinese state has provided its people with fabricated, false information such as "Vietnam violated the sovereignty of China" and "Vietnam bullies … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Coast Guard ‘ready’ for second rig

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Two Vietnamese coast guards vessels operate in the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Vietnam respects law in implementing oil, gas activities

Hanoi, June 20 (VNA) - Vietnam has implemented its oil and gas exploration and exploitation totally in the country's continental shelf and waters in a continuous manner and in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982). As early as in 1969-1970, the then government of South Vietnam conducted seismic surveys in its continental shelf, including the Cuu Long, Nam Con Son, Ma Lai-Tho Chu and Tu Chinh-Vung May basin areas. During … [Read more...]

China deploys second oil rig as ties with Vietnam remain rocky

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) at the government's guesthouse in Hanoi on June 18, 2014. Photo credit: AFP

On the very day that a top Chinese diplomat arrived in Vietnam to discuss the dispute over the Chinese oil rig deployed in Vietnamese waters, Beijing announced it was towing yet another rig into what the rest of the world calls the South China Sea. According to a statement posted on the website of China's Maritime Safety Administration, the rig will be towed between June 18 and June 20 and is currently 104 nautical miles northeast of Da Nang (Vietnam's central hub) and 60 nautical miles from … [Read more...]

Chinese vessels less active, re-arranged near illegal rig in Vietnam waters

>> China towing second oil rig to East Vietnam Sea amid tensions >> China deploys 17 more ships to guard illegal rig in Vietnam's waters  >> Chinese vessels challenge Vietnam's ships at 10-meter distance

Chinese boats that are safeguarding China's oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Vietnamese waters were arranged in a different formation on Wednesday, and they appeared to be less active than before, the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department reported. >> Chinese boats fail to stage scenes of 'being rammed by Vietnamese ships … [Read more...]

China towing second oil rig to East Vietnam Sea amid tensions

>> Vietnam demands China remove oil rig from Vietnamese waters  >> Vietnam opposes China at UN conference over oil rig

China has dispatched another oil rig, Nan Hai Jiu Hao, to the East Vietnam Sea after illegally placing the Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling platform in Vietnamese waters since May 1, despite strong protest from Vietnam. >> Vietnam recognizes sovereignty steles in Truong Sa as national relics>> Chinese ship rams, sinks Vietnamese fishing boat in Vietnam's waters … [Read more...]

Aspiration for peace are human being’s justification for life

Exactly 10 years ago, while attending the 50th Conference to commemorate the victory of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Conference in Peking University (China), in the closing session, I heard one Chinese scholar's statement saying that in today's international relations using force and violence is intolerable because it is the behavior of the barbaric era. The speech belonged to Professor Van Trang - a former member of the Chinese mentor group helping Vietnam against the French colonialists. He … [Read more...]

China’s version of East Sea events a pack of lies

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China's explanation for its illegal placement of a drilling rig in waters that in fact fall well within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the East Sea, published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website and in a letter circulated at the United Nations, is without merit and uses false allegations and clear fabrication to slander Vietnam of provocations. On June 8, the Chinese Foreign Ministry posted an online entry on "operations of Haiyang Shiyou-981 - Vietnam's … [Read more...]

China absurdly accuses Vietnam of violating sovereignty in erroneous report to UN

>> Vietnam sends 2nd diplomatic note protesting China to UN  >> U.S. Senate protests China's provocative act in Vietnam's waters

China submitted records to the United Nations on Monday, irrationally and absurdly accusing Vietnam of violating its sovereignty over the waters where Beijing has illegally placed oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 since May 1. >> US hails Vietnam's goodwill, criticizes China's provocation over sea dispute>> Video: Chinese vessels attack Vietnamese ships in Vietnam's waters … [Read more...]

“If you claim to be scientists, why act in unscientific manner?”

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At the beginning of May, China illegally positioned its rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam's waters and sent a large number of armed and military ships to defend it. Photo: VNA … [Read more...]

China’s tactics during HD-981 drilling rig incident

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VietNamNet Bridge - During the HD-981 drilling rig incident, China used malicious tactics, civilian and civilian-disguised forces, and conducted civil and economic measures, not military actions, that were offensive to the international community.Part 1: China's apparent intentions emerge one month after oil-rig deploymentPart 2: What is China's goal after the HD-981 oil rig incident? Using this tactic, China used "white vessels" (civilian ships) instead of "grey ships" (the navy) to cope with … [Read more...]