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...]

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 known as the South China Sea. But military actions are unlikely, experts say. On March 27, the South China Morning Post said China will publish a map of the South China Sea this year to "strengthen their claim to the disputed region." The map is part of a national campaign involving a dozen ministries and the Chinese Communist Party's publicity department to help raise public awareness of the country's territories and safeguard its sovereignty in disputed areas, the paper reported. "Recent … [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 part of the East Sea, including one only a single nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, the Chinese Guard Ship Fleet No 11 conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. At the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 7, the Deputy Director of the National Administration of Tourism of China (NATC) said his agency was co-operating with the authorities of Hainan … [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 gas tenders for 19 lots in the north of the East Sea , including Lot 65/24, about one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 2, the Guard Ship Fleet No. 11 of China conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 7, at the fifth session of the 11 th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Deputy Director of the National Administration of Tourism of China (NATC) said the NATC 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 Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, China's coast guard ship 11 conducted a drill on territorial waters belonging to Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 7, Deputy Head of the China National Tourism Administration talked about cooperation between the administration and Hainan province's administration in expanding tourism activities at the Hoang Sa Archipelago. The Chinese side also conducted a series of activities in violation of Vietnam's sovereignty. In response to China's … [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 mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa Archipelago. On March 2, China's Coast Guard Ship 11 conducted a live ammunition drill on territorial waters belonging to the Hoang Sa Archipelago. At the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on March 7, the Deputy Director of the National Administration of Tourism of China said his agency was cooperating with the authorities of Hainan province to expand tourist activities on the Hoang Sa … [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) archipelago. The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has recently offered oil and gas tenders for 19 lots in the north of the East Sea , including Lot 65/24, about one nautical mile from the Tree Island of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 2, the Guard Ship Fleet No. 11 of China conducted a live ammunition drill in the waters of the Hoang Sa archipelago. On March 7, at the fifth session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the Deputy … [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 its preservation, upgrading and building project in 2011. "All foreign activities in these two archipelagoes without Vietnam s permission constitute violations to the country's sovereignty and have no value", she stressed. The spokesperson said that Vietnam asks the Chinese side to stop and not to repeat its activities violating Vietnam's sovereignty. VNA/VOVNews … [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 immediately stop the action, comply with the 2002 Declaration of Conduct, and make practical contributions to maintaining the peace and stability on the East Sea," he stressed. Earlier, on March 15, Nghi also asked China to stop violating Vietnam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa Islands after the latter began initiating business plans on and around the islands. Among the opposed projects were boat races scheduled for March 28 and Hainan's plans to develop tourism there. RELATED CONTENT China blamed … [Read more...]

The East Sea situation continues to simmer

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VietNamNet Bridge - China is accelerating consolidation of reefs in Truong Sa (Spratlys Islands) and quibbling absurdly, while the US, Japan and their allies are holding exercises and patrols. Since early 2015 China has been accelerating renovation of seven reefs in the Spratlys Islands of Vietnam. It is also illegally expanding the two islands of Quang Hoa and Phu Lam in Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) of Vietnam, that it illegally occupies. Annual report of the Pentagon dated May 8 said that China expanded its outposts in the areas where it occupied by nearly 400 times. Particularly, in the past five months, the total area of its outpost in the East Sea (South China Sea) increased four times, from approximately 2 km2 in December 2014 to more than 8 km2 at present. China announced that it would use artificial islands for civilian purposes and also for "meeting the needs of military defense of China". China has stepped up the construction of an about 3,000m runway on Chu Thap (Fiery … [Read more...]

Chinese scholars rejects China’s U-shaped line

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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 China", etc... … [Read more...]

Vietnam Coast Guard closely monitoring China’s 2nd oil rig

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The Vietnam Coast Guard is keeping a close watch on the movements of China's Nan Hai Jiu Hao oil rig, the second drilling platform Beijing is towing to an area near the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.>> Vietnam PM demands rig withdrawal in meeting with top Chinese diplomat >> China towing second oil rig to East Vietnam Sea amid tensions>> Chinese boats caught illegally fishing in Vietnam's waters >> Vietnam demands China remove oil rig from Vietnamese waters >> Chinese boats fail to stage scenes of 'being rammed by Vietnamese ships' … [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 1973-1974, non-exclusive reconnaissance geophysical surveys were carried out off the shore of central Vietnam and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, which belongs to Vietnam . … [Read more...]

China deploys second oil rig as ties with Vietnam remain rocky

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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 China's Hainan Island. … [Read more...]

China towing second oil rig to East Vietnam Sea amid tensions

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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 has lived for many years in North Vietnam and written about Uncle Ho with respect. I was so touched while listening to his speech. … [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 provocation and China's view". One day later, Chinese deputy ambassador to the UN Wang Min sent Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a position paper on China's view on the rig and asked the UN chief to publicise the letter to the 193 UN member countries. … [Read more...]