Regarding the Paracel Islands and other reefs and islands in the Spratly Islands, which the People's Republic of China invaded and occupied in 1956, 1974, 1988, and 1992, the Vietnamese people will never accept any compromise on the fact that they are the integral parts of Vietnam; and that the Chinese government must be held accountable for all inhumane damages caused to Vietnamese fishermen and their relatives. Any compromise made by parties, including the goverment of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, either explicitly or implicitly to give up part or all of this territory will be considered to violate the sovereingty of the country and the people of Vietnam and such compromise is totally illegitimate. NTHF, June 26, 2011.






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"South China Sea" to "Southeast Asia Sea"





supporters from more than 130 countries have signed the petition




"Hopefully, we won't have to call it the South China Sea

because it is not just their sea.''

President Aquino III - The Philippines


"The time for donations, the time for just gifts, is over. We have to be very innovative, we have to be very collaborative in our approach."

ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan






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U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea

Reuters | 2/18/2017


BANGKOK (Reuters) - A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration.



China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea.


The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday. The announcement was posted on the Vinson's Facebook page.


The strike group's commander, Rear Admiral James Kilby, said that weeks of training in the Pacific had improved the group's effectiveness and readiness.


"We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," he was quoted as saying by the Navy News Service.




Vietnam police stop fishermen marching to make claims at steel firm

Reuters | Feb 14, 2017


Witnesses said police had beaten and arrested some of the protesters.

"Police beat me, they caused a few scratches," Nguyen Dinh Thuc, a priest leading the group, told Reuters by telephone.



Image: BBC


Police in Vietnam stopped hundreds of protesters on Tuesday from marching to present compensation claims against a steel plant over a toxic spill last year, activists said.


Tens of millions of fish were killed in one of Vietnam's biggest environmental disasters, which was caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics.


The protesters, many of them fishermen, had planned to travel from central Nghe An province to submit their claims in Ha Tinh, where the company is based, about 180 km (112 miles) to the north.


But activists said police stopped the protesters' vehicles, and later stopped them, after they had walked 20 km (12 miles) towards their destination.



Vietnam police halt anti-China protest over islands

Reuters | 1.19.2017


HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam's capital stopped an anti-China protest within minutes on Thursday at a ceremony to commemorate a clash between the two countries in the South China Sea more than four decades ago.



The protest in Hanoi started after a peaceful commemoration for soldiers of what was then South Vietnam who were killed in 1974, when China seized the Paracel islands, which it still holds.

Police dragged about 20 protesters on to a bus after they ignored a warning to disperse and began marching with banners and chanting "Demolish China's Invasion" and other slogans.

The government and police made no comment and state-controlled media did not report the protest.


China and Vietnam last week pledged to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea during a visit to Beijing by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.

The potential for the busy waterway to become a global flashpoint was highlighted last week when the nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, told a Senate hearing that China should be denied access to islands it has built there.




China Likely To Deploy Surface-To-Air Missiles In South China Sea: Report

Vishakha Sonawane | Dec 25, 2016


China is likely to deploy the “hundreds” of surface-to-air missiles dispatched to Hainan Island at the man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, two U.S. military officials told Fox News on Saturday.



China had reportedly put up missile systems to Woody Islands in the disputed region earlier this year.

This follows a report earlier this month that said Beijing had build large defense systems on the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a branch of the Center for Strategic and International Studies that started tracking China’s island buildup over the summer, posted seven photos — dated between Nov. 10 and Nov. 29 — showing several hexagon-shaped structures, evidence of “buried chambers” and platforms “consistent with the pattern of larger anti-aircraft guns.”




Fox News: US intel: China to put missiles on S China Sea man-made islands to guard airstrips

Mer de Chine: Qu'y a-t-il derrière un nom?

Manila Times | 4.11.2016
L'auteur: Amb. Jaime Yambao
Le traducteur: Elizabeth Lan Tran


Cette civilisation disparue sous les flots de l'Asie du Sud-Est ne mérite-elle pas d'être immortalisée en donnant son nom à la mer qui l'a recouverte?


Cette erreur perdurait carte après carte à travers les siècles dans l'absence de contestation de l'Asie du Sud-Est. Effectivement, la notion même de l'appartenance à une région désignée "Asie du Sud-Est" est encore assez nouvelle parmi les peuples de la région, Même après que l'ASEAN soit devenue une zone économique intégrée, peu de gens se reconnaissent Sud-Est Asiatiques. La pétition de la Fondation Nguyen Thai Hoc mettrait donc en épreuve le progrès de l'intégration de l'Asie du Sud-Est. L'entité dite "Asie du Sud-Est", argumente de la Fondation, est reconnue par l'ONU. Le succès de cette pétition prouvera si cette unité existe non seulement dans le monde réel mais aussi dans l'esprit et le coeur des habitants de la région.



The South China Sea: What’s in a name?


Manila Times | 4.11.2016

By Amb. Jaime Yambao
Formerly Ambassador of the Philippines to Pakistan. He was also the Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs.


Shouldn’t this sunken civilization of Southeast Asia be memorialized with its name or identity on the sea that covers it?


The anomaly has been perpetrated in map after map through the centuries in the absence of any protest from Southeast Asia. Indeed, the consciousness of belonging to a region called Southeast Asia is fairly new among the peoples of the area. Even after Asean has become an integrated economy, many of them have still to think of themselves as Southeast Asians. The petition of the Nguyen Thai Hoc Foundation would be a test of the progress of regional integration in Southeast Asia. The regional unit called Southeast Asia, argues the Foundation, is recognized by the UN. This petition’s success will prove whether this unity exists not only in the physical world but in the minds and hearts of the people of the region.










China has no historic rights to resources in South China Sea, says UN-backed tribunal

straitstimes, 7/12/2016


In a landmark ruling on Tuesday (July 12), a UN-backed arbitral tribunal concluded that China has no legal basis to claim "historic rights" to resources in the South China Sea and it has violated the Philippines' sovereign rights in the disputed waters.


In a 497-page ruling that overwhelmingly favours the Philippines, the five-member tribunal said Beijing “had no historic rights to resources in the waters of the South China Sea”.


China's nine-dash line map of the 1940s claims nearly the entire South China Sea. It protrudes from China's southern Hainan island, loops 1,611 km away towards Indonesia, and then links back to the mainland in a cow-tongue shape.






The Emperor’s Mysterious Map and the South China Sea

Is China censoring ancient clues to the secret history of the Spratly Islands?

By John J. Tkacik, Taipei Times | 6.27.2016


In the map quadrant encompassing what we now know as the South China Sea was the legend, “The Great Ming is renowned for the richness of its civilization. It comprises all between the 15th and 42nd parallels. The other tributary realms of the four seas are very numerous.”




A portion of an original 1602 Ricci Map at the University of Minnesota that has the legend about the Ming Empire’s borders erased.Jun 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of John J. Tkacik

During the late Ming, the northern borders of the empire stopped at the 42nd parallel along the Great Wall that protected China from northern tribes. In the south, the empire ended at the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) on the 15th parallel in the South China Sea, beyond which were the Ming vassal kingdoms of Southeast Asia.

The map was the collaborative work between an Italian Jesuit missionary in Beijing, Matteo Ricci, and a famed Chinese geographer, Li Wocun (李我存). Li compiled the data points for Ming territories, while Ricci filled in the rest of the world and combined European and Chinese geographic knowledge for the first time in Chinese or in any language.



Ricci’s map is precise documentation that in 1608, Ming sovereignty stretched only as far south as the Paracel Islands. The Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands, 南沙群島) , a chain of rocks, reefs and sandbars known then as the “Long Sandbanks of Ten-thousand Li” (萬里長沙), however, lay yet another 500km beyond Ming waters, south of the 12th parallel.



Rare rallies in Vietnam over mysterious mass fish deaths

Reuters | 5.01.2016


Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths along the country's central coast, with some also blaming the government for a sluggish response to a major environmental disaster.



Image (Reuters): Demonstrators, holding signs, say they are demanding cleaner waters in the central regions after mass fish deaths in recent weeks, in Hanoi, Vietnam May 1, 2016.


Though an official investigation has found no links between the fish deaths and a $10.6 billion coastal steel plant run by a unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, public anger against the company has not abated.

Hundreds gathered in Hanoi holding banners that said: "Formosa destroying the environment is a crime" and "Who poisoned the central region's waters?"

Others said: "Formosa out of Vietnam!" and took aim at the government for being aloof in what it now describes as one of its worst environmental disasters.



State-controlled media has not reported any of the demonstrations.

Social media and witnesses said protests also took place in central Quang Binh province on Friday, with fishermen throwing fish on the highway after failing to sell their catch. The accounts could not be verified by Reuters.





Australia to query Chinese government over South China Sea claims

David Wroe, Philip Wen | 2.16.2016


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop plans to issue a "please explain" to Beijing over its massive island-building program in the South China Sea, amid fears the reclaimed structures could be militarised by the Chinese.


The visit comes as the Turnbull government continues to weigh up whether to join the United States in so-called freedom of navigation patrols through the contested waters of the South China Sea, designed to undercut Beijing's excessive maritime claims and test previous pledges not to militarise the islands.

China has built military-grade runways and massive lighthouses on some of the artificial islands, and is working on port facilities that could berth naval ships. Beijing has consistently denied it plans to militarise the islands, but most experts say that is an obvious option available to the People's Liberation Army.
Ms Bishop said she planned to push for an explanation when she meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.





Let's change the name of the South China Sea

John T. Kuehn, | 8.15.2015


Names mean things – China certainly sees it that way, so should we. Why continue to give her a stick, albeit a rhetorical stick, that she can hit us, her neighbors, and the international community with? We can and should start simple—at least inside our government and the Department of Defense (DoD).


Submitted for your consideration (pretend this is a Rod Serling sounding voice). Imagine that the United States diplomatic corps starting doing the sort of thing all of these less-than-cooperative states like China, Russia, Iran, and Daesh (the Islamic State) have been doing. Imagine calling things by a name that suits our purposes, even if it is different than what is on a map. I propose we quit calling the body of water that is surrounded on most of its many sides by Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Borneo, and Malaysia by another name other the South China Sea. This was the name was given to it by Europeans, the Chinese simply calling it the “south sea” for most of their own history. I propose instead we call it the Indochina Sea. Period.





South China Sea: Time To Change The Name – Analysis



From South China Sea to Southeast Asia Sea?

The third challenge is how to defuse, on a long-term basis the South China Sea disputes at the mindshare level. Perhaps the time has come for the South China Sea to be renamed.

One appropriate alternative – is to call it the Southeast Asia Sea. The South China Sea was previously called the Champa Sea after the seventh century kingdom of Champa in today’s Vietnam. The point is, it was not always known as the South China Sea. Apparently, a petition to change the name to the Southeast Asia Sea has already been started.

The Philippines has also taken a similar step by calling it the West Philippine Sea. “When people keep referring to the South China Sea, there is a subliminal message that this sea belongs to a country whose name appears in the name,” says a Philippine Armed Forces spokesman. The online petition, by a Vietnamese foundation, kicked off in 2010 with at least 10,000 supporters from 76 countries, addressed to the presidents and prime ministers of 11 Southeast Asian states as well as the United Nations and several international organisations.

A people-driven initiative like this is in keeping with the region’s vision – emphasised by current Chairman, Malaysia – of a “people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN”. It would be most appropriate if this initiative grows to become a collective aspiration of the 600-million people of ASEAN and not just the ten governments.



Time to Stand Up to China in the South China Sea

By Michael Mazza, | May 17, 2015


The American delay in reacting does not change the fact that China opted for a confrontational course of action that would inevitably tempt crisis.

In this case, fortunately, American action is better late than never. Although the new islands are almost certain to remain, U.S. action can serve three ends.




Image (CNN): The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth conducts patrols in international waters near the Spratly Islands as the Chinese guided-missile frigate Yancheng trails close behind.


In short, freedom of navigation exercises, which is what the Pentagon seems to be contemplating, have the potential to do some good. But now that Washington has issued its warning, it is important that the president make the decision to act, and soon. The longer he waits, the more entrenched Chinese positions will become, both figuratively and literally. The Journal reported that the U.S. military has not been operating within 12 nautical miles of reclaimed features that it does not recognize as islands, meaning that the United States risks acquiescing to limitations on freedom of the seas as properly understood. China, in other words, has already made progress in reshaping the South China Sea to better suit its own interests and will continue to do so absent American opposition.





No legal basis in China's nine-dotted line South China Sea claim: Indonesia adviser


JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia does not believe maritime borders claimed by China in the South China Sea have any basis in international law, an adviser to President Joko Widodo told Reuters on Monday.


"In 2009, Indonesia sent its official stance on the issue to the UN commission on the delimitation of the continental shelf, stating that the nine-dotted line has no basis in international law," said Rizal Sukma, foreign policy adviser to the president.

"So, nothing changes."

Indonesia, which has no claims in the South China Sea, remains a willing "honest broker" in the territorial dispute between its neighbors and China, Sukma said.

(Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)





Indonesian president says China's main claim in South China Sea has no legal basis: MORE


Qing dynasty map shows no China claim in Spratlys

Reuters | July 26, 2012


HANOI - Vietnam's National Museum of History displayed on Wednesday a map donated by a local historian that he said proved China had no claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea.



HANOI - Vietnam's National Museum of History displayed on Wednesday a map donated by a local historian that he said proved China had no claim to disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The map was donated by Dr. Mai Ngoc Hong who said it was a 1904 Qing dynasty map of Chinese territories that did not include the disputed Spratley and Paracel Islands.


South China Sea or Southeast Asia Sea?

Cindi Loo


A year ago, the Nguyen Thai Hoc Foundation initiated a petition to change the name of the South China Sea to the Southeast Asia Sea. In the statement found on the website, the foundation urged Southeast Asians to sign the petition to change name of the sea to better reflect the region.


A year on, it has only reached about 50,000 signatures, 1/10 of their target. But it has since been reinvigorated following heated arguments between the Chinese and Filipino governments over Scarborough Shoal (you can read Rieya’s analysis about it HERE).



What does the low response to this petition really spell for ASEAN and Southeast Asia? ASEAN is a detached entity that many Southeast


Vietnamese stand up against China's terrorist attacks and expansionism in the Southeast Asia Sea



Image (LB): People take to streets in Hanoi to protest China's aggression on July 22, 2012.


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Image (Huynh Ngọc Chênh): Vietnamese people take to streets in Ha Noi to protest China's invasion of territorial waters of Vietnam and Southeast Asia Sea on July 8, 2012.



Ảnh (danchimviet): Protesters carrying banner reading: Justice and Peace in Southeast Asia Sea - Denounce Sānshā Shì. Hanoi, July 8, 2012.



Image (Nguyễn Văn Hưng - FB): Saigon's people protest China's invasion of territorial waters of Vietnam and Southeast Asia Sea on July 1, 2012.


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Vietnamese activists hold anti-China rally (AFP)

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Statements by Nguyen Hoang Vi, a human rights activist and a female pro-reform blogger



‎"I, Nguyen Hoang Vi, a Vietnamese citizen has become a "mobile prisoner" because I dare to obey the Constitution, support a resolution of the Congress, fulfill my duties to the country, take the streets to protest China for violations of the territorial sovereignty of Vietnam."


"In the spirit of transparency, I continue to publish all that have happened to me personally because I believe that they also have happened to other people as well; and I do not accept tricks of mental abuse against one individual, which have been continuously and quietly carried out every second against individual patriots after the excitement of the public of the 1 July 2012 demonstration has been settled down."

Image (danlambao): Nguyen Hoang Vi and her son



Renaming South China Sea to Southeast Asian Sea (ASEAN SEA)

By RASTI DELIZO, the Star | May 20, 2012


For a start, Asean must immediately propose that the area already be declared a “Shared Regional Area of Essential Commons” or SRAEC.


Likewise, this conceptual entity must also be outlined according to its factually precise geographic location on the global map. Because it is clearly located within an area bounded by at least seven littoral South-East Asian states all belonging to ASEAN, it should instead be renamed as the “South-East Asian Sea”.


In general, the SRAEC has to be recognised and upheld by all the common stakeholders presently involved in the region’s long-term future.


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Philippines to bring Scarborough Shoal row to international court


The Vietnam Solution

By ROBERT D. KAPLAN, Atlantic Magazine | June, 2012


Analysis: China's nine-dashed line in South China Sea

By David Lague, AFP | May 25, 2012



Chinese Communist People's Liberation Army Navy

has attacked, robbed and murdered Vietnamese fishermen


"There is absolutely no excuse for such inhumanity."


Picture: A fisherman was robbed and murdered by Chinese Communist naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin. His body was stuffed in a fishing basket of ice and brought back to his family home. MORE









Abusing History?

Frank Ching, Diplomat - Oct 16, 2011


China’s mix of historical and legal claims in the South China Sea are inconsistent, says Frank Ching. Beijing can’t have its cake and eat it.


The claims made by Southeast Asian countries rest primarily on the provisions of the Law of the Sea. China, however, is taking the position that its sovereignty over the territories concerned precedes the enactment of the Law of the Sea, and so the law doesn’t apply. History trumps law.


And, if history is to be the criterion, which period of history should be decisive? After all, if the Qin or Han dynasty is to be taken as the benchmark, then China’s territory today would be much smaller, since at the time it had not yet acquired Tibet, Xinjiang or Manchuria, now known as the northeast.

Name Change Could Foster Talks

by Joshua Lipes - RFA, June 21, 2011


Critics say South China Sea implies Chinese ownership of the disputed waters.


“Maybe what we should do for a start is to change the name. Call it the Friendship Sea or Sea of Peace. I think then we can start negotiating,” said Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Director of ASEAN’s Political and Security Directorate.


An official from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has suggested that changing the name of the South China Sea may help kick-start negotiations to resolve a longstanding maritime territorial dispute among China and five other Asian states.





Jamphel Yeshi: “We are fighting for freedom. The world should know this.”



Jamphel Yesh, a Tibetan man screams as he runs engulfed in flames after self-immolating at a protest in New Delhi, India, ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the country Monday, March 26, 2012. -



"He will live on to inspire and encourage the future generations of Tibetans." -


Tibetan Protester Jamphel Yeshi Dies After Setting Himself On Fire In India


After 35 Years, Unlikely Navy Caregivers Receive Recognition

Joseph Shapiro, September 1st, 2010


"The USS Kirk carried out one of the most significant humanitarian missions in U.S. military history. Yet the story went untold for 35 years."


The men of the USS Kirk were trained as warriors, not as caregivers. So they didn't think of what they did more than three decades ago as significant. But their rescue of 20,000 to 30,000 Vietnamese refugees, in the last days of the Vietnam War, is now being recognized as one of the most important humanitarian missions in the history of the U.S. Navy.


Image (courtesy of Hugh Doyle): On April 29, 1975, as Saigon was falling to Communist North Vietnamese forces, a small U.S. Navy destroyer escort ship, the USS Kirk, played a dramatic but almost forgotten role in rescuing up to 30,000 South Vietnamese. Here, a member of the USS Kirk's crew tends to a Vietnamese baby.


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Chinese Armed Patrols on the Mekong

by Khanh Vu Duc, Asia Sentinel | Nov 15, 2011


Sending armed escorts won’t assuage fears of Chinese assertiveness or expansionism.


If China is serious in protecting its vessels against threats, it cannot ignore the greater malaise that is lawlessness. Moreover, it should not act alone when the matter at hand is a regional affair. If China is serious in preventing the death of more sailors, it must do so under the framework of joint-responsibility. Until the law is brought to bear over the Golden Triangle, it does not matter how many armed patrols China or its neighbors send to travel up and down the Mekong River.

Sign petition to demand cancellation of the Xayaburi Dam

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Your letter will be emailed to the Mekong River Commission's Council, comprised of Ministers from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and hard copies of all the signatures will be presented to each of the governments on Monday, April 18.


Next Tuesday, a crucial decision will be made over the fate of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. On April 19th, the governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will decide whether to build the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream, the Xayaburi Dam. Located in northern Laos, this dam is the first of 11 large hydropower dams that – if built – would devastate the world’s most productive freshwater fishery.


About Mekong


The Mekong River Basin is defined by the land area surrounding all the streams and rivers that flow into the Mekong River. This includes parts of China, Myanmar and Viet Nam, nearly one third of Thailand and most of Cambodia and Lao PDR. With a total land area of 795 000 square kilometres, the Mekong River Basin is nearly the size of France and Germany together. From its headwaters thousands of metres high on the Tibetan Plateau, it flows through six distinct geographical regions, each with characteristic features of elevation, topography and land cover. It would take 2 days of twenty-four hour driving at 100 km per hour to drive the same distance as the length of the Mekong River (4800 km).










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