“The Philippines, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Taiwan have troops on the Spratlys, a group of islands and reefs with a total land area equivalent to 1 1/2 times the size of New York’s Central Park spread over an area roughly the size of Iraq. Vietnam occupies the most islands in this group.”
Vietnam plans to continue building roads and schools to assert sovereignty on islands also claimed by China while moving to stifle any protests that display false patriotism, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.
Vietnam will expand its presence on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and seek talks on the Parcels now occupied by China, Dung told the National Assembly today. The government also urged the legislature to pass a law on demonstrations after “signs of disorder” earlier this year, he said.
Prime minister’s comments:
“We ask to keep the status quo, without further complications that may affect regional peace and stability,” Dung said. While the government “appreciates, welcomes and praises” any act of patriotism it will “discourage and tackle in accordance with law” any act that pretends to show patriotism, he said.
The Philippines, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Taiwan have troops on the Spratlys, a group of islands and reefs with a total land area equivalent to 1 1/2 times the size of New York’s Central Park spread over an area roughly the size of Iraq. Vietnam occupies the most islands in this group, Dung said.
Chinese vessels in May sliced cables of a survey ship doing work for Vietnam and in March, Chinese ships chased away a ship working for U.K.-based Forum Energy Plc off the Philippines. The incident sparked anti-China protests in Vietnam that the government eventually quashed.
Vietnam and the Philippines have pushed China to redraw its maritime boundaries according to the United Nations Law of the Sea, a move that would cost it large swathes of its claims in the waters. Under the law, maritime claims stem from occupation of islands.
Oil reserves in the South China Sea, which contains two disputed island chains, may total as much as 213 billion barrels, according to Chinese studies cited in 2008 by the U.S. Energy Information Agency. The Parcels are fully controlled by China, which ousted fellow claimant Vietnam from the 30 islets and reefs in a 1974 battle in which 71 soldiers were killed....
The Vietnamese people should let nguyen tan dung knows that, he's representing the people, not controlling the people. This incompetence pm is full of talks and full of promises but little actions. The only thing this commie is good at is handicapped the people so him and his corrupted regime can last for a few more years. Look at the way he says in his statement, he quoted that any acts of patriotism is praised but if you protest about it then you will be prosecuted and jailed. How ironic can it be. For over 35 years of communist regime, are the Vietnamese citizens have any rights? No freedom of speech, land and churches, temples and citizens' building has been taken away for the corrupted regime own uses. Too much propaganda, too many promises but never deliver and too many citizens jailed for their patriotic stands. Now this pm appointed his son to take over government job. Zioconned Vietnam is moving towards North Korean/US ideology.... Shame shame!
Chinese naval exercises in the Western Pacific did more than give United States counterparts something to think about over the Thanksgiving holiday. The latest maneuvers underline Beijing's growing ability to extend naval power beyond the immediate confines of the Chinese coastline even while already operating against pirates in the Indian Ocean....