Rare rallies in Vietnam say 'hands off' to China over sea row

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mwab wrote:

These kids totally know what they are doing. Media at its best.

May 11, 2014 5:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bigturkey wrote:

Suddenly there’s a trend to v. large or v. powerful countries simply doing as they please. Apparently the threat of military response has evaporated, no one on the other side has an appetite for war. If Chinese landing craft hit the beaches (figuratively) in Taiwan it’d be one more Crimea in spite of all the dramatic words in the treaties. Israel is tired of talk, they’ll take what they want. China ditto. Watch for more from them.

May 11, 2014 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
marisa70394 wrote:

There is a solution for Vietnam – get rid of your communist government, hold a fair election, sign a security pact with the US and others, receive military assistance from your new allies, and send China packing. It’s pretty simple.

May 11, 2014 9:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jerry2014 wrote:

@marisa70394: It’s not as simple as you think. Vietnam has seen how its South VN was abandoned by the U.S. in 1975 to know NOT to depend on foreign countries to protect itself. The Vietnamese people historically have fought against foreign aggressors for thousands of years so they know what to do with superpowers that are 100 times stronger than they are. China got its butt kicked many, many times throughout the history of Vietnam but its greed is bigger than its brain and this time, it won’t be different. Vietnam so far is good at restraining itself but patience has its limit and once that limit is crossed, China will learn that Vietnam is too much of a thorny bone to swallow.

May 11, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
RV-dream wrote:

While everyone including the media focused and emphasized the events in Ukraine because of the annoying Putin who cheated and stole in front of the West’s watch, a more serious blow to US interest in Asia occurred.

50% of world oil transportation, 40% of world trade, 60% of world’s gas transportation go through the South China Sea. Whoever control this sea route will not only control this sea, but will exert unavoidable political and economic influences on several countries of this neighborhood and beyond. This is brilliant on the part of China to develop this strategy of claiming the South China Sea as their righteous ownership. The actually exertion of their control happened with the oil rig being place inside another country’s EEZ zone. This is the most difficult step and as this step will be an accepted fact, other border marking oil rigs follow to define the 9 dash line with physical marks. All other supporting activities for oil rigs will follow. It’s unevitable that the South China sea will eventually belong to China. The US and it’s “pivot” will be a process of hopeless observation and verbal protest. As China controls this important sea route, the real US influence will evaporate.

May 11, 2014 3:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
isthnu wrote:

China has no appetite for small countries, but a certain small country dreamed big and went on to gulping and munching down meaty Laos, delectable Cambodia, and maybe even drooled at neighboring Myanmar and Thailand. “Enough IS enough” retorted the giant, landing punishing blows on that little bully teaching it a lesson so saving the weak countries from enslavement.

This historical event precipitated the enlightened small countries to be forever thankful that somewhere nearby, a sincere and watchful neighbor will help whenever in need, by its actions not eating them like some would, and make sure that the little bullies mend their ways and don’t cook up any crooked ideas. Action always speak louder than words.

May 13, 2014 2:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KhuatQuangMen wrote:

Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands)and Truong Sa(Spratly Islands ) belong to VietNaM . China is a robber

May 14, 2014 10:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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