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Protests of China's island moves not allowed: [Vietnam] govít spokesman
Vietnam News Agency ^ | December 11, 2007

Posted on 12/13/2007 10:27:31 AM PST by charles m


Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung

Protests in front of Chinese diplomatic buildings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Sunday were unapproved by local governments, said Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung.

The demonstrations in front of the Chinese Embassy in the capital and the General Consulate in HCMC Sunday were spontaneous acts, according to Dung.

The spokesman also said that local taskforces had explained to the protesters that their assemblies were not allowed and persuaded them to halt the demonstrations.

Last week Vietnam had reasserted its sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos in the East Sea in response to the Chinese government’s approval of a plan to set up the district-level administrative city of Sansha to manage three islands included in the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa territories.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; southchinasea; spratlys; vietnam


China last week created an administrative region called Sansha to manage the three archipelagos in the South China Sea, including the Paracels and the Spratlys.
1 posted on 12/13/2007 10:27:33 AM PST by charles m
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To: charles m
I believe China has militarized some of the islands as well, setting up bases and fortifying them.

With the PLAN's significant naval growth, the Vietnamese will be hard pressed to dislodge them militarily.

2 posted on 12/13/2007 10:34:45 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: charles m

Are there oil or gas deposits on or around these islands?


3 posted on 12/13/2007 10:37:07 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: charles m

China claims the Pacific.


4 posted on 12/13/2007 10:45:46 AM PST by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: charles m

“The People’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.”


5 posted on 12/13/2007 10:48:15 AM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Of course there are.
The chi-coms seem to be taking for themselves what they want.
Screw everyone else.


6 posted on 12/13/2007 11:19:30 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
I never thought I’d see it but the Vietnamese may soon be asking us to reoccupy Cam Ranh Bay. After mainland China went Red and the French left Indochina the rationale for trying to keep South Vietnam inside the Western sphere was Chinese expansionism.
7 posted on 12/13/2007 11:31:01 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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