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.






"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








Hold CCP and WHO


accountable for spread of










Ask Google to remove "Nine-Dotted Line" and label "China" at Paracel and Spratly Islands


SIGN NOW! (closed)






Hey Google,


Thanks for making one step closer to defeating China's expansionism in the Southeast Asia Sea.



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

U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea


JULY 13, 2020


The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law. We stand with the international community in defense of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and reject any push to impose “might makes right” in the South China Sea or the wider region.


These shared interests have come under unprecedented threat from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with “might makes right.” Beijing’s approach has been clear for years. In 2010, then-PRC Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his ASEAN counterparts that “China is a big country and other countries are small countries and that is just a fact.” The PRC’s predatory world view has no place in the 21st century.


The PRC has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region. Beijing has offered no coherent legal basis for its “Nine-Dashed Line” claim in the South China Sea since formally announcing it in 2009. In a unanimous decision on July 12, 2016, an Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention – to which the PRC is a state party – rejected the PRC’s maritime claims as having no basis in international law. The Tribunal sided squarely with the Philippines, which brought the arbitration case, on almost all claims.


As the United States has previously stated, and as specifically provided in the Convention, the Arbitral Tribunal’s decision is final and legally binding on both parties. Today we are aligning the U.S. position on the PRC’s maritime claims in the SCS with the Tribunal’s decision. Specifically:



Australia says China's South China Sea claims are unlawful

Reuter | July 25, 2020


MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia has joined the United States in stating that China’s claims in the South China Sea do not comply with international law in a declaration likely to anger China and put more strain on their deteriorating relations.


The United States this month rejected China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region.

Australia, in a declaration filed at the United Nations in New York on Friday, said it too rejected China’s maritime claims around contested islands in the South China Sea as being inconsistent with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.


“Australia rejects China’s claim to ‘historic rights’ or ‘maritime rights and interests’ as established in the ‘long course of historical practice’ in the South China Sea,” it said.




Vote in Japan to change status of disputed islands threatens to raise tensions with China
By Brad Lendon and Junko Ogura, CNN

Updated 5:38 AM ET, Mon June 22, 2020


Hong Kong (CNN) - A bill that changes the status of an island chain claimed by both Japan and China was approved by a city council in Okinawa on Monday, generating a strong protest from Beijing, which said it had dispatched coast guard ships to the area.

The Ishigaki City Council in Japan's Okinawa prefecture approved the legislation that changes the administrative status of the uninhabited island group, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.
The bill changes the name of the islands for administrative purposes from "Tonoshiro" to Tonoshiro Senkaku" to avoid confusion with another area of Ishigaki, Japan's NHK News reported.
The islands, 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have been administered by Japan since 1972, but both Tokyo and Beijing say their claims to the group date back hundreds of years.



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.


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.




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 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.








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.



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

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.


Nguyên Xuân Diện

Dân Làm Báo

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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)

Kyodo News


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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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







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.




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

International Rivers


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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