Vietnamese protest against China over sea dispute



Graphic showing disputed sea border claims in the South China Sea. AFP

HANOI, Vietnam – A group of Vietnamese have demonstrated against China amid rising tensions over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea.

The protest Sunday by about 150 people was watched over by police.

Anger at China is a sensitive issue for Vietnam’s fellow communist rulers, which are worried that popular ire at Beijing could also be directed at them.

Vietnam and China have long sparred over who owns the South China Sea, but America’s diplomatic tilt to Southeast Asia and China’s growing assertiveness has focused attention on the issue.

Vietnam last week alleged that Chinese shipping vessels sabotaged one of its seismic survey vessels in the South China Sea.

China’s recent issuing of new passports containing a map showing the sea as belonging to it has also caused anger in Hanoi.

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  • bugoybanggers

    Ang galing naman. Buti pa ang mga VIETNAMESE talagang VIETNAMESE! Iyan ang tunay na makabayan hindi tulad sa PILIPINAS na hindi makapalag. Kasi ang ekonomiya, ang Presidente, ang mga POLITIKO halos TSEKWA. Sa Vietnam ang mga CHINESE hindi makaPALAG dahil sakal sila at hindi nila kontrolado ang EKONOMIYA ng kanilang bansa. Lumaban kasi ang mga LOLO ng mga VIETNAMESE laban sa mga CHINESE hindi tulad sa PILIPINAS, inampon at inaruga ang mga CHINESE na ngayon sila na ang HARI. Ano pa ba!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Whats the difference, it is still protest. Why don’t they deploy their patrol ships to protect what they think is theirs, better.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    If you look at the map above, the only country that exercised restraint is the Philippines. 

    The Philippines practically owns these islands due to its proximity but it somehow made a conservative claim.

    • yoda_juan

       somehow you are right. Vietnamese is very aggressive.

       PH began to claim some of these Islands since 1978,based partially on the assumption that these Islands were abandoned.

      But China has never abandoned them.

  • seweldy

    How do you figure PROC claims maritime waters 4 or 5 hundred miles from it’s shores and less than 200 miles from the Philippines?….Go Home China!!!!!….Get the Hell out of Philippine territory

    • yoda_juan

       moron never read, moron never learn.

       when it says that territory has anything to do with distance ?

  • cantonese

    How can you expect the Vietnamese to give full support and rally for the cause of territorial water for the Philippines when we don’t even hear any comment from our goverment in support for the same problem for them? Is it solve it to each it’s own problem everytime China annoys a southeast Asian country? Hayyy ka Indo.

  • yoda_juan

    150, protesters ?

    they are thugs.

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