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    China Moves 2nd Oil Rig Near Vietnam

    FILE - Ships of Chinese Coast Guard are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.FILE - Ships of Chinese Coast Guard are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
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    FILE - Ships of Chinese Coast Guard are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
    FILE - Ships of Chinese Coast Guard are seen near Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam.
    China is sending a second oil rig near Vietnamese waters in an apparent escalation of its dispute with Hanoi over the exploitation of resources in the South China Sea.
     
    China's Maritime Safety Administration says the rig, operated by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company, will arrive Friday south of the Chinese island of Hainan.
     
    Though it is not clear if the oil platform will be located in waters claimed by Vietnam, the move will likely be seen by Hanoi as a provocation of a dispute that intensified last month.

    The Global Times, a popular tabloid published by the Communist Party's official People's Daily, quoted Zhuang Guotu, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Xiamen University, as calling the rig deployment a “strategic move”.
     
    “The increase in oil rigs will inevitably jab a sensitive nerve for Vietnam and the Philippines,” Zhuang said.

    Beijing's May deployment of its biggest oil rig to an area close to the disputed Paracel Islands set off deadly anti-China protests in Vietnam and led to dangerous high-sea clashes.

     
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    China's moves have also rattled others that have competing territorial claims with China in the South China Sea, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
     
    Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, told VOA that she hopes all countries involved in the disputes can reach a negotiated settlement and reduce tensions.
     
    "We call on all parties to the dispute to de-escalate the tensions and to resolve such disputes amicably through peaceful negotiations. Australia does not take sides in specific disputes, but we call on parties to negotiate and to resolve the issues in accordance with international law. The countries of ASEAN are proposing a code of conduct with China and we support that policy decision," said Bishop.
     
    China's decision to deploy a second rig comes after this week's high-level talks in Hanoi between Chinese and Vietnamese leaders failed to resolve the dispute.
     
    In the talks, China's State Councilor and top diplomat Yang Jiechi told Vietnam to stop disturbing Chinese operations in the area and "hyping up" disputes over an island chain he called "China's inherent territory."
     
    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who met with Yang Wednesday, said China is violating international law. He called for the withdrawal of the Chinese rig, which is scheduled to remain in the area until mid-August.
     
    Hanoi says Chinese ships accompanying the rig sank one of its vessels and damaged 24 others, as well as injured 12 members of its fisheries surveillance force. Beijing accuses Vietnamese ships of being the aggressors, saying they have rammed Chinese vessels 120 times since early May.
     
    This story produced in collaboration with VOA's Korean Service, some information provided by Reuters. 

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    by: nvtncs from: China
    June 22, 2014 9:58 AM
    "I am Chinese from China.
    I claim Hawaii belongs to China. Why? because there are lots of ethnic Chinese living in Hawaii.
    I claim the US belongs to China. Why? Because there is a Chinatown in every US city.
    I claim Paris belongs to China because there are lots of Chinese in Paris.
    Does it make sense to you guys? No.
    Makes sense to me. My country will be the strongest, the richest, the most populous by far and it will claim everything because we are everywhere.
    Look at Canada for instance! Chinese are everywhere in Canada.
    You don't like it? Tough, deal with it."

    That, earthlings, is what is going to happen unless you stop it early enough.

    by: JackD31 from: USA
    June 22, 2014 3:47 AM
    I am always interested by the Chinese who discuss their government as if it's history actually goes back 3000 years. The Qing Dynasty collapsed in 1911 and the ensuing period of warlords and civil wars had no recognized Chinese government. It was the Soviet Union through the COMINTERN that re-established a Chinese government in 1923 by temporarily uniting the KMT and CPC. As we all know in 1927 that ended and the civil war continued until 1950. Most acknowledge that the PRC came into being in 1 October 1949, just sixty-five years ago. Chinese culture still stands but there is no continuity of government. Through the Cultural Revolution, Mao sought to remove the traditional and cultural Chinese values and establish communism. Thus any references to China's government before 1949 are valid for an empire which is ashes like the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. So when convenient these "good" communists fall back upon the traditions and culture that Mao sought to purge. Chinese nationalism and traditions are strong tools the CCP uses to distract the Chinese people from their corruption and lies.

    by: David Kuo from: USA
    June 22, 2014 3:29 AM
    Great. That will let Vietnam know the nine section line declared by China 80 years ago without any protests from Vietnam at that time is still valid. Even Vietnam's textbook agreed that boundary line after the declaration of the nine section line. Vietnam should respect the existing boundary and should not mistakenly to misuse the EEZ to change the existing boundary. The EEZ was not designed to reset the existing boundary at the sea. It was only designed for how to use the sea within 200 miles from shores of the China owned South China Sea islets and from Vietnam's shoes. If Vietnam thinks that China is another Cambodia for Vietnam to invade then Vietnam will commit a fatal mistake. Warn Vietnam frankly China is not Cambodia.
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    by: JackD31 from: USA
    June 22, 2014 2:46 PM
    @David Kuo. I guess it depends if you support the Republic of Taiwan's 11 dash line declared in 1947 or the PRC's revision to the 9 dash line declared in 1949. Either way about 15 years short of 80. The Chinese presence on these various islets has been what since 1949? Until recently nothing. The China you discuss "owning" islets in the South China Sea was the last Imperial Court the Qing which collapsed in 1911; and there was no formal government until 1923. I think Chairman Mao sought to purge the history, culture, and traditions of Imperial China through the Cultural Revolution. Thus "good" communists should not make reference to the old China just the new revolutionary paradise; and when you do that your argument falls flat. This is typical of the China who wants to have their cake and eat it too - how does the world's second largest economy rate itself as a "third world" country requiring protections for development? Please note the term "thrid world" was coined and defined by Mao.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 22, 2014 1:45 PM
    This is another piece of propaganda from the misinformation center machine of the Communist China government .
    The Khmer Rouge faction (Cambodian communist) that China sponsored at the time was the one that massacred 1 .7 million people ,one third of the Cambodian population . Vietnam supported and came in to help a different Cambodian communist faction who put the stop to the atrocity "killing field" which Polpot, Kang Kek Iew, Nuon Chea (all of them of khmer Chinese ancestry) committed with China's help .

    by: Nigeshabi from: Canada
    June 21, 2014 6:13 PM
    BTW, American didn't ratify the 1980s sea treaty, China did sign that 1980s sea treaty, but conditional, i.e. the sea treaty is not applicable to sea boundary set before the 1980s seat treaty. So China doesn't violate any international sea law, and follow the 9-dash line in South China Sea, which set by KMT (taiwan, a US ally) in 1940s and recognized by Vietnam (written form) in 1950-1970s. Vietnam is lying.
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    by: Chuck from: Texas
    June 21, 2014 10:09 PM
    @Nigeshabi, Can you give a proof to the "written form" that Vietnam recognized the 9 dash-line? And what Vietnam you're speaking here? The North (Communist) or South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam) of the period?

    Do not forget that China attacked South Vietnam force on the Paracel archipelago in 1974 to gain control of the archipelago. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Paracel_Islands)

    If you can't produce the document, I'm afraid you're the liar or the ignorant here.

    by: true from: us
    June 21, 2014 4:34 PM
    Canada Free Presse By Joseph
    A. Klein June 11, 2014

    -VietnamDispute in the South China Sea:
    1)Vietnam’s claims are essentially derived from the actions of a European colonial power. In 1930, France claimed the islands on behalf of its protectorate as part of French Indochina.In 1932(2) After thefall of the nationalist regime in China in 1949, the successor Chinese government gained control of the eastern half ofthe Paracel Islands. The remainder were held by Franco-Vietnamese forces. In 1956, after the French’s withdrawal from Vietnam, South Vietnam replaced the Frenchin terms of claiming control of the islands. However, North Vietnam sided with China at the time, recognizing China’s claim that the breadth of itsterritorial sea was twelve nautical miles, which applied to all its territory,including the ParacelIslands. On January 19,1974, the Battle of the Paracel Islands occurred between China and South Vietnam. After the battle, China gained control over the entire Paracel Islands... Vietnam’s historical connection to the Paracel Islands does not appear to go as far back as China’s. OnJuly 27, 1932, the Chinese Foreign Ministry instructed the Chinese Envoy to France to lodge a diplomatic protest to theFrench Foreign Ministry and to deny France’sclaims to the Paracel Islands, which China claimed as its own. Despite repeated Chinese protests, Because China was weak; French troops invaded and occupied the Paracel islands . There are some Chinese cultural relics in theParacel islands dating from the Tang and Song eras, going as far back as theseventh century A.D., It traced the establishment of Chinese jurisdiction over the islands back to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126 AD). and there is some evidence of Chinese habitation on the islands duringthese periods. ..During the twentieth century, while China asserted its own direct sovereignty over the islands...), to the Vietnamese : So If Vietnam wants to use history to claim what she had then only the central part of Vietnam is really belong to her , not the south nor the northern part ( belong to Ancient dynastic called An Nam of China) the south belonged to Cambodian!


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    by: Ian from: USA
    June 22, 2014 12:09 AM
    How far do Mr true and Mr. Klein would like to go back in history . Because if they would like to go further back , Half of China ( the southern half ) would belong to the Baiyue (hundred Viet) , the Han chinese lived only on the northern half around the Huang He (yellow river) from the Yangtze river southward is the land of the hundred Yue
    As late as 1789, one of the Yue Nan emperor actually defeated the invader Qing (chinese) soldiers and tried to negotiate the return of Guangdong and Guangxi to the Yue (Viet) which in the past had been lost to the Han chinese

    by: Nigeshabi from: Canada
    June 21, 2014 2:46 PM
    the 11-dash line (boundary between China and Vietnam/Phillipines etc) of South China Sea was set by KMT (taiwan) government, who was an ally of the US in WWII, now the 11-dash line reduced to 9-dash line. During WWII and after WWII until 1950-1970s, Philippines and Vietnam have never questioned 9-dash line, actually Vietnam even acknowledged by written form for boundary between China and Vietnam (i.e. 9 dash line) in 1950-1970s. In the past 20-30 years, Vietnam changed their mind and used 1980s so called sea treaty to try to get more South China Sea back. Vietnam even claimed almost all of South China Sea as its territory. The sea treaty is ratified in 1980s and is not applicable for boundary set in 1950-1970s between China and Vietnam. We cannot use current law to judge cases which happened before the law was in effect.
    For example, the current US immigration law are not applicable to people who came to North America before the US immigration law was in effect, if you disagree with this, most Americans should go back to Europe since most of them came to North American illegally, and they should follow the current US immigration law to immigrate to US again. If you think this is ridiculous, then only stopping blaming China, China does have its reasons and basis for South China Sea claims. Please remember KMT government (Taiwan), a US ally, set up 9-dash line in 1940s.
    Please also remember that it is Vietnam who occupied most South China Sea islands and extracted (is extracting) huge amounts of gas and oil from South China Sea , NOT China, China didn’t get one drop of oil from South China sea so far. So it is Vietnam who bully China, a small dog is biting a big elephant
    Calm down before you only blame China and before your prejudice. These Asian countries should talk and stop provocative actions, e.g. Vietnam should stop extracting gas and oil from disputed South China Sea in order to get China back to the Table. Vietnam, the aggressive small dog, should not bully China, the big elephant, much if Vietnam really want to solve South China Sea issues. Vietnam is lying.

    Some aggressive small dogs really want to harass/bully/bite China. Like Japan invaded China during WWII. Japanese like to call themselves big Japan, but Japan is actually smaller than China in land area, but it is Japan who launched 14 years invasion to China during WWII. Can you believe it?
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    by: small cloud
    June 22, 2014 12:13 AM
    @Nigeshabi: Hope you're neither a foolish nor an ignorant guy!

    At first, You told us that we couldn't use the current law (the UNCLOS 1982), just because it couldn't cover all the issues that had happened in the earlier time. It means you want to use history to prove your idea.

    Then you denied the older history of your own country by giving the 11 dash-line map set up by Taiwain.

    Funny guy! You should go back to your University to learn your analytic courses. You cannot convince anyone accept yourself.

    Vietnam is not a dog. Vietnam is a country, who has equal rights as China on International Law. Vietnam is protecting her legal rights by doing legal actions. Your words make your appearance more closer as a FASCIST.

    by: MISS UNIVERSE from: 9000 CAT SRPING
    June 21, 2014 10:39 AM
    go NGUYEN TAN DUNG

    by: Deo from: Vietnam
    June 21, 2014 8:32 AM
    Please look at the map to see the area that China claims. You will see that China want to invade all the Sea. China is really a threat to peace and development of our globe.

    by: American from: USA
    June 21, 2014 4:16 AM
    I think it start to work if we continue to :
    1- STOP buying CHINA products.
    2- STOP traveling to CHINA.
    3-STOP flying CHINA airline (even via connections)
    4- STOP doing business with CHINA
    5- STOP teaching or showing CHINA how to make a copy (this is what chinese will come back
    and bite you).
    6- STOP selling high tech goods to CHINA.
    7- STOP spying for CHINA.
    8- STOP making friends to CHINA.
    9- STOP inviting chinese to your countries (this is where they spy or engage in espionage)
    10- STOP watching chinese movies or TV series opera

    by: Tuan from: VN
    June 21, 2014 2:57 AM
    Chinese on this board claim they're from USA and Canada.
    They have fake identity with Western names.

    It sounds like the chinese can tell lying with no problem.
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