Hoa Kỳ và công ước UNCLOS

 

Trong một bài diễn văn đọc tại học viện quân sự West Point, TT Obama tuyên bố…Mỹ sẵn sàng đáp trả “hành động gây hấn” của Trung Quốc đối với các nước láng giềng trên biển.

Ông kêu gọi (thượng viện) Hoa Kỳ phê chuẩn công ước UNCLOS—như là một cử chỉ làm gương cho các nước khác. 

Ông cho là HK không thể giải quyết những tranh chấp trong vùng Biển Đông khi HK không chịu bảo đảm công ước UNCLOS được phê chuẩn. Continue reading

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Việt Nam—quê hương của tôi!

 

Bạn ơi hãy đến quê hương chúng tôi
Ngắm mặt biển xanh xa tít chân trời

Những lúc này—khi quê hương không biết còn hay đã bị bán, khi không biết những kẻ cầm quyền ở Hà Nội thật lòng chống giặc ngoại xâm hay chỉ sủa oang oang cho có lệ—mà nghe Việt Nam quê hương tôi…thì không thể  không lắc đầu.

Lắc đầu vì những kẻ cầm đầu bất tài, bất lực. Continue reading

Chiến tranh không phải là trò đùa!

 

Lần cuối Việt Nam và Trung Quốc đụng nhau trên chiến trường…hơn 10,000 chiến sĩ VN và hàng ngàn thường dân Việt vô tội bỏ mạng…để lại hàng ngàn gia đình tan nát, nhà cửa vườn tượt bị giặc ngoại xâm tiêu hủy dã man trên đường rút quân.  

Lần cuối kẻ cầm đầu sát máu ở Bắc Kinh—Đặng Tiểu Bình—muốn dạy “Việt Nam 1 bài học”…20,000 trong số hơn 80,000 lính TQ mà hắn xua sang biên giới Việt Nam không còn mạng trở về…để lại cho hơn 40,000 cha mẹ TQ nổi đau mất đứa con trai duy nhất.

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The Ugly Bully Neighbor

 

What would you do?

Imagine, one fine day, your neighbor decided to climb over the fence and camped out in your beautiful pool in the backyard…declaring that the pool is his property AND holding a loaded gun daring you to evict him.

What would you do to your neighbor—the ugly bully neighbor?

That is exactly what Hanoi has been facing since Beijing moved its HD-981 oil rig and several government ships into Vietnam’s East Sea territory—Vietnam’s Paracel Islands to be exact.

Hanoi has voiced objections.

Hanoi has sent its (smaller) ships trading water cannons with China’s (much bigger) ships.

Hanoi (even) allowed Vietnamese protesters to publicly demonstrate their anger against Beijing government in three of Vietnam big cities—Saigon, Danang and Hanoi.

Eventually, there will be only one thing left to do…hopefully, it will not happen!

Coward action by Beijing

Of course, everyone knows why Beijing decided to move its oil rig into Vietnam’s East Sea territory at this time (shortly after Obama’s visit to Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Philippines but not Vietnam).

Simple reason…there will be no actions expected from Washington other than verbal objections.

—Obama administration has proven the willingness to talk strong rather than to act strong.  John Kerry called China’s actions in Sea dispute “provocative”. Tough!

—Vietnam is not an ally of the U.S, unlike Japan or Philippines who are also in dispute with China in China’s East Sea and South Sea

—Vietnam is smaller and weaker than China (so typical of a bully who prefers picking on the physically weaker opponent)

 

Ch3 Nguyen

Beijing threw a tantrum

Hillary Clinton spoke…

It’s about time Washington DC reaffirmed commitments to Japan.

On Friday, Secretary Clinton reminded all—Beijing included—that the U.S. is obligated under the bilateral security treaty to defend Japan if it comes under attack. She said “Although the U.S. does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the (Senkaku) islands, we acknowledge they are under the administration of Japan.” And “…we oppose any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japanese administration (of the Senkakus).” Continue reading

China Makes Waves in East Sea—South China Sea

Vietnam lodged protest

Two China fishing boats blocked Vietnam’s exploration vessel—Binh Minh 2—while in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Vietnam accused a China fishing boat of cutting its vessel’s seismic cable. This childish act is not new. Beijing used that trick before in May 2011 when cable from the same vessel Binh Minh 2 was cut by China boats. Continue reading

China’s new passport design

China may think its new passport design is clever

From an article from VOA (read here), China has just issued a new design on their passports—featuring a map of China with areas of the East Sea claimed by Vietnam, the West Sea claimed by Philippines, and other countries.

Beijing thinks this will force other countries—Taiwan, Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam—to stamp the passport pages with the map and indirectly to acknowledge the map.

What a sneaky move by Beijing. Taiwan’s government raised their objection on Friday. Philippines and Vietnam also objected earlier. This is viewed as the first move by the new regime in China in continuing to bully its way to the entire South China Sea.

What Vietnam can counter

Vietnam should make a special passport stamp for Chinese tourists. It should say…“Vietnam welcomes Chinese tourists” and below it show the map of China in 1904 that did not have the South China Sea (nor Paracels, Spratly Islands) as its claim.

China Map in 1904

China Map in 1904 — no Paracels/Spratly Islands

Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also should do the same.

Ch3 Nguyen

 

The bully in Asia—China

China hiding behind fishing boats…again

Chinese protesters burn a Japanese flag in Henan province (Photo: AFP)

From an article from Telegraph, China sent around 1,000 fishing boats to an island chain controlled by Japan. Senkaku islands have been disputed between the 2 countries for some decades. And the spat intensified when Japan announced the purchase of some islands for the country from a private Japanese family. Continue reading

China protests Japan’s flag flying high in Senkaku

A taste of her own medicine

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Chinese flags and banners in hands, some 2000 people took to the streets in the city of Shenzhen. They flipped over and smashed Japanese-model cars. They attacked Japanese businesses. They burned Japanese flags. All of these were in protest of Japanese activists landing and waving Japan’s flag in the rocky islands, known as Senkaku. Continue reading

Dân TQ biểu tình chống Nhật cắm cờ trên đảo Senkaku

Cờ bay, cờ bay oai hùng trên hòn đảo yêu thương

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

10 người Nhật đổ bộ lên đảo Senkaku và cắm lá cờ Nhật. Lá cờ tung bay oai hùng trong làn gió biển như một lời khẳng định chủ quyền của Nhật trên hải đảo này—và cũng là lời nhắn nhủ với Bắc Kinh đừng xớ vào! Continue reading

Secretary Clinton to stop in Vietnam on her way to Laos

1)     What will be discussed with Hanoi?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will stop in Vietnam before heading to Laos where she will become the first top US diplomat to visit the country in 57 years.

Ahead of the talks in Cambodia with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China, what will be the discussion topics between Secretary Clinton and perhaps her counterpart in Hanoi? There is no official release about whom she will meet in Hanoi or what she will discuss with Vietnam.

However, based on recent heated escalations between Vietnam and China in the dispute in East Sea, one might make an educated guess that the discussion will be Washington’s position on the dispute, what support (if any) Hanoi may count on the US in its battle against its bully neighbor, China. Continue reading

“We are ready to answer our country’s call for the protection of our homeland”

1)     Brave protesters marched on the streets of Hanoi and Saigon against China

We are ready to answer our country’s call for the protection of our homeland (Photo: AP)

We are ready to answer our country’s call for the protection of our homeland (Photo: AP)

On 07/01/2012, hundreds of people marched in Hanoi to protest China’s latest move inviting foreign firms to bid on oil exploration in nine lots off the coast of Vietnam. Continue reading

China warns U.S: Not to make waves in South China Sea!

1)     Not to make waves in South China Sea

China’s official news agency, Xinhua, warns the US…it is no time to “make waves” in the disputed South China Sea—in response to the announcement from U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that up to 60% of the Navy warships could be shifted to Asia-Pacific region by 2020. Continue reading

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: 60% of Navy warships to Asia-Pacific by 2020

1)     Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s trip to Asia-Pacific

It could not be better timing that Leon Panetta’s trip to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue conference is in the midst of the tense face-offs between Vietnam/China and Philippines/China in the East Sea (if you’re on Vietnam’s side)/West Sea (if you choose to be with Philippines)/South China Sea (if you choose to disregard any rules by UNCLOS). Continue reading

Self-Immolation—Tibetans and the Fight for Freedom and Independence

Tsering Kyi—a 20-year-old student—poured gasoline on and set fire to herself. She died at a market in Machu. Among her last words to her family, “We should do something for Tibet, life is meaningless if we don’t do something for Tibet”.

Jamyang Palden—a 39-year-old monk—set himself on fire in Rongwo. He was taken to the hospital. He survived but is critically injured.

Sonam Dargye—a 43-year-old farmer and father of three—drank kerosene and then set himself on fire. He did not survive. Continue reading