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    China Denounces Vietnam-Philippines Goodwill Games

    Philippine marines get transported from a patrol ship after conducting a mission near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on March 31, 2014.
    Philippine marines get transported from a patrol ship after conducting a mission near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on March 31, 2014.
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    China has denounced soccer and volleyball games between Vietnamese and Philippines troops held on an island claimed by Beijing, but controlled by Hanoi.
     
    A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Monday called the previous day's goodwill meeting "a clumsy farce," adding that “China has irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and the seas nearby.”
     
    The Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay is part of the Spratly Island chain claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei also claim sections of the chain.
     
    Analysts have told VOA Hanoi apparently is committed to deepening its relationship with Manila in the face of similar maritime disputes with China.

    The AFP news service described Sunday’s games as “a landmark act of sports diplomacy.” It cited a joint statement by the Philippines and Vietnam, which said the two countries "deem that this activity serves as a proof that disputes do not hinder development of practical and tangible cooperation between the two navies."

    Vietnamese ships continue to clash with Chinese ships near a controversial oil rig that Beijing placed in disputed waters last month.
     
    Hanoi has accused China of firing water cannons at and ramming Vietnamese fishing boats, including one that sank last month.  Beijing says that Vietnam is the aggressor and that its ships have rammed Chinese vessels more than 1,000 times.
     
    Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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    by: NG from: Canada
    June 16, 2014 10:07 PM
    The boundary between China and Vietnam in South China Sea was well recognized by Vietnam by written form in 1950s and 1970s, later on Vietnam changed its mind and claimed almost all of South China Sea as it territory. Vietnam is lying and doesn't have credits in South China Issues. Vietnam even wanted to invite China for sports diplomacy on the island Vietnam robbed from China. It is ridiculous. Does Vietnam know what is "shame"?

    by: jonathan huang from: canada
    June 10, 2014 10:45 AM
    if chinas claim of 90% south china sea is crazy then how about viets claim of 80% SCS? Democratic Taiwan has the identical claim as the mainland! both ROC and PRC are using the nine dash line to define china sea territory! Taiwan published the nine dash line in 1947 after taking back SCS from Japan at the end of WWII. VN PM also send a written recognition of china sea territory in 1958! evidences show that viet is a cheap liar! a filthy cheater! viet cong is evil, corrupt and backward!
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    by: maple from: canada
    June 10, 2014 11:40 PM
    1. China's claims are without LEGAL proof (the 1958 diplomatic document is legally baseless, textbook and atlas cannot be used as territorial claims).

    2. China's way of solving disputes (not even mentioning that the disputes are created from legally baseless claims from the China's side) is provocative, does not conform to international laws, and does not show a supportive attitude towards the other sides of the disputes.

    3. You can't quote others' wrongdoings as the legal base for your own wrongdoings. Just because Japan created WWII doesn't mean you can do the same thing without being critiqued. Japan has their fault and they do received the critiques of the world.

    by: Seato
    June 10, 2014 3:52 AM
    The Chinese are ridiculous,they always do the opposite to what they say.How can you promote peace,stability and prosperity in the region if you keep threatening,harassing and terrorizing your neighbours the way China does.Vietnam and the Philippines's friendly joint sports activities are productive ways for improving and enhancing diplomatic ties between the 2 countries,and would definitely help reducing conflicts and promoting peace and stability in the region.China's recent moves to win Russia and China's friendship and cooperations are devious and calculated moves to temporarily put on hold the border disputes with these 2 giants so that China can concentrate on the conquest of the South China Sea and East China Sea

    by: Chutzpah from: USA
    June 10, 2014 3:19 AM
    China is expert on twisting facts. They only know how to cheat, lie and steal.

    by: LiveFree from: USA
    June 10, 2014 1:40 AM
    China denounced because she is in fear of Asia solidarity again China.

    I suggest Vietnam and Phil to co-host a soccer tournament on one or several of these islands. All ASEAN countries, Australia, Japan, S.K., Taiwan,... every one but China will be invited.
    The event will be on liveTV world-wide to promote peace, friendship and human solidarity.

    Cruiseships take tourists to the islands to enjoy the game, explore sea life or have sun bath, beers, fresh seafood,.... All have fun and cherish life and friendship while China naval ships surrounded taking care of security. LOL!

    Vietnam and Phil should come together on this exciting event.

    by: blueberries from: Baltimore
    June 10, 2014 1:38 AM
    A wooden boat rammed over thousand times into the iron ship ???

    Make sense.
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    by: easy
    June 10, 2014 7:23 AM
    so what?weak viets??
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    June 10, 2014 6:34 AM
    And wooden boat sunk?

    by: Tuan Thinh
    June 09, 2014 10:56 PM
    China has been and will be the biggest liar in the world! what it does is far much different from what it says!!!

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