Vietnam protests Chinese tourist trip to the Paracel Islands

05/09/2014


 After the placement of the giant oil rig HD981 inside Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone, now China has launched their new move in an attempt to enforce their unreasonable territorial claims. Cruise ship The Coconut Princess left China on Tuesday, the 2nd September, with 216 tourists aboard for a four-day trip to the Paracel islands.
Thursday, Vietnam has protested this move. “China’s tourism exploitation in this area is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, and not in line with Vietnam and China’s agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on the government’s website.
We still remember that last year China launched a vessel which held up to 2,000 passengers to the disputed islands in April, 2013. And, now they have done that again. The move comes a week after Vietnam sent a special envoy from the Communist Party to Beijing for talks in a bid to mend ties.
The South China Sea is home to vital shipping lanes and a substantial amount of proven and estimated oil and gas deposits. Nations with rivaling claims to portions of the vast sea include Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam. The Paracels, known in Chinese as the Xisha, consist of around 30 islets, sandbanks and reefs set in the South China Sea, with little or no infrastructure. China took full control of the Paracels - a cluster of close to 40 islets, outcrops and reefs - in 1974 after a naval showdown with the then South Vietnam, and there have been incidents ever since. Taiwan also claims the Paracels.
Vietnam has many times accused China of opening fire on a fishing boat near the Paracels and burning down its cabin, charges Beijing denied.
“The move will be seen by Hanoi as provocative and unwelcome,” said Professor Jonathan London from City University, Hong Kong. “Overall, the move raises questions about Beijing’s true intentions.”
The latest move is said to be a way for China to reaffirm its claim to the islands. So, we can see that China will never give up their intention to take all the South China Sea. Vietnam need to let the world know their illegitimate moves on this island and have measures to cope with China’s hegemonism.
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All comments [ 10 ]


Lê Tín 8/9/14 19:27

China gets out of our territory or you'll pay for what you did!

Hùng Quân 8/9/14 19:30

Another move, another plot and more to comes, China, they will never give up their hegemonic dream, never learn their historic lessons.

Huy Quốc 8/9/14 19:31

China’s tourism exploitation in this area is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, and not in line with Vietnam and China’s agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues

Huy Lâm 8/9/14 19:33

This is an unwelcomed and provokecative action, we need to act now.

Quân Hoàng 8/9/14 19:35

China is an invader, they took full control of the Paracels - a cluster of close to 40 islets, outcrops and reefs - in 1974 after a naval showdown from Vietnam.

Phạm Hiếu 8/9/14 19:37

So, we can see that China will never give up their intention to take all the South China Sea.

Vân Nhàn 8/9/14 19:44

Never see a big country like that, Vietnam is unlucky to be China's neighbor.

Quốc Cường 8/9/14 19:47

Vietnam need to let the world know China's illegitimate moves on this island and have measures to cope with it’s hegemonism.

Hoàng Lân 8/9/14 19:52

We need a long-term strategy to deal with this big bully, people should understand and support the government in this struggle.

Quốc Kiên 8/9/14 19:56

We should promote our tourist trips to our islands too, that is a way to protect our sovereignty.

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