Recently, many imported products with the illegal nine-dash line have been detected in Vietnam, capturing public attention. The "cow's tongue line" or "nine-dash line" is a concept that China relies on to claim historical rights over almost of the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), which is contrary to international law. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued a ruling confirming that China's declaration has no legal basis. Vietnam has repeatedly stated that it does not accept China’s use of the cow's tongue line to encroach on Vietnam's waters. The US Department of State also said that China's nine-dash line in the East Sea is 'ridiculous and illegal'. China's ambition is real and consistent, as shown in the fact that its people wear clothes or use passports printed with the nine-dash line. That is an unacceptable act. In Vietnam, many cultural products from China with the nine-dash line on them have been detected. In March 2018, the film … [Read more...] about Be careful with imported products featuring China’s illegal nine-dash line
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The foundation to ensure stable peace and Vietnam's sovereignty over the East Sea is to gather and promote national strength and enlist the support of nations in the world. From July 3 to 12, 2019, a Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel, escorted by heavy armed coastal protection ships and helicopters, entered the area of Tu Chinh, Vung May, Que Duong and Huyen Tran, just less than 200 nautical miles off the straight baseline used to calculate the width of Vietnamese coastal continental territorial waters announced in 1982. China is making waves in the East Sea (photo Reuters) These are the territorial waters belonging to the Vietnamese exclusive economic zone and continental zone in the south of the East Sea. Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang issued a statement criticizing the intentional violation of Vietnamese sovereignty; the violation of bilateral agreements on cooperation in the East Sea that Vietnam and China signed and announced; … [Read more...] about China is making waves in the East Sea
Researchers have questioned whether the "new map of the People’s Republic of China" is a fabrication that serves illegal purposes. Chinese scholars recently published a "new map of the People's Republic of China", saying that this map was first published in 1951 and was "discovered" during thorough investigation of the national archives. Gac Ma (Spratly Islands) belongs to Vietnam They also said that the map more clearly clarifies the exact expansion of China's official claims in the disputed waters in the East Sea. However, is this a real discovery or simply a fabrication that serves China's illegal purpose of monopolizing the waters with this particular geographic and economic position? The difference between the new map and the maps previously published by China is that the new map shows a solid line describing the "national border and regional administrative boundary", instead of the dash line (as described in China's U-shaped 9-dash line claim that covers nearly all the … [Read more...] about The U-shaped seamless line in the East Sea: China’s new trick for illegal purposes
China always keeps the ambition to expand territory and increase its influence. Therefore, international organizations will be the places to solve these problems, according to Michael Dukakis, former Governor of the state of Massachusetts in the US. He spoke to VietNamNet on the tensions caused by China. Prof Michael Dukakis What do Americans think about the happenings in the East Sea? This can be seen in the statement by Morgan Ortagus, the spokesperson for the US State Department. “China should cease its bullying behavior and refrain from engaging in this type of provocative and destabilizing activity.” The US always opposes the persecution and threat of any party to assert territorial or maritime claims. It is obvious that China is undermining regional peace and security when reclaiming and militarizing the outposts in the East Sea, using militia forces to provoke, intimidate, oppress other countries in an attempt to make illegal maritime claims in the sea. It … [Read more...] about Prof Dukakis: China is undermining regional peace and security
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?