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Vietnam prime minister asks world to condemn Beijing for sea actions

MANILA -- Vietnam's prime minister on Wednesday called on the world to condemn China for causing what he called an “extremely dangerous” situation in the disputed South China Sea, citing Beijing's recent deployment of an oil rig near an island that both countries claim.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, standing beside the Philippine president after they held talks in Manila, said both of their countries would strengthen defense cooperation and were determined to oppose Chinese violations of international law. He cited Beijing's May 1 deployment of an oil rig in waters near the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam.

Chinese and Vietnamese vessels have had repeated confrontations in waters near the oil rig since it was deployed. China's action also triggered angry protests in Vietnam that killed two Chinese workers and wounded more than 100 others.

The “president and I shared the deep concern over the current extremely dangerous situation caused by China's many actions that violate international law,” Dung said in a news conference.

“The two sides are determined to oppose China's violations and called on countries and the international community to continue strongly condemning China and demanding China to immediately end the above-said violations,” he said.

China and the Philippines are also locked in a standoff over another South China Sea reef, the South China Sea shoal. Chinese coast guard ships have thrice attempted to block Filipino vessels delivering new batches of military personnel and food supply to Philippine marines keeping watch on the disputed area on board a long-grounded ship.

Many have feared the long-seething territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea could spark Asia's next major armed conflict. Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan also have overlapping territorial claims in the strategic area, aside from China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

May 22, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
After communism lost its conviction, the Communist Party of China started to look for rationale to keep it going. Apparently, the revival of the glory of the ancient Chinese empire is what gripped its passion. With its economic successes that enabled it to finance military modernization, China forgot that it is now living in modern times, with international law governing relationships with other nations. If China keeps trying to live in the past, it may just get its wish. China will be rejected by the rest of the world. If it wants real glory, China must learn to embrace the fact that it is part of a bigger human community. The war mongers among it must be put where they should belong - to the dust bin of history.
May 23, 2014    huey.lee1973@
China always does the opposite of what they said. Just like everything else that "Made in China". The world should know this by now, com'on.
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