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China Says Still No Compensation From Vietnam for Riot Victims

Sign on road opposite the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014 (Marianne Brown/VOA).
Sign on road opposite the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18, 2014 (Marianne Brown/VOA).
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China said on Friday it had received no compensation from Vietnam for losses inflicted by anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month, demanding that Hanoi pay up and punish assailants responsible for the widespread damage.
 
A flare-up in strained ties over disputed sovereignty in the South China Sea sparked last month's protests after China towed an oil rig to an area claimed by both sides. The issue triggered a rampage of arson, destruction and looting of Chinese-owned factories and businesses mistaken for being Chinese.
 
At least four people died.
 
China has repeatedly pressed Vietnam to compensate its citizens and companies.
 
“As of today, Vietnam has not provided any compensation at all,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing.
 
“We demand that Vietnam take earnest steps to guarantee the safety of Chinese bodies and personnel in Vietnam, severely punish the assailants who created the disturbances and fully compensate the losses of Chinese companies and individuals.”
 
Fighting between Vietnamese and Chinese workers broke out in central Ha Tinh province, killing at least four people and wounding at least 100. About 4,000 Chinese workers subsequently left Vietnam.
 
Chinese state energy firm CNOOC deployed dozens of ships in towing the $1 billion oil rig to a spot 240 km (150 miles) off Vietnam's coast. Vietnam and China traded accusations last week over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat not far from where the oil rig was parked.
 
China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, displaying its reach on official maps with a so-called nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims to parts of the potentially energy-rich waters.
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino accused China on Thursday of pursuing an “expansion agenda”. He said Manila had  evidence that Chinese ships were circling two disputed reefs,  weeks after Manila accused China of reclaiming land in another part of the South China Sea.
 
Hong dismissed the president's comments and restated China's position that it had “irrefutable sovereignty” over the Spratly Islands, one of the disputed groups of largely uninhabited islands in the South China Seas, and neighboring waters.
 
“Anything China does on any of these islands is within the scope of China's sovereignty and has nothing to do with the Philippines,” he said.

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by: Tuan from: Vietnam
June 06, 2014 10:03 PM
Vietnamese leaders if you want to be more rich, think like Bill Gates. That is to help a poor child go to school. When he finished school, he works for you and you become richer.

Think like "Tư Bản" !!!

IS THAT SIMPLE?
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by: Nathan from: US
June 08, 2014 7:41 AM
It's difficult to convince the VCP to give up their power given that they gave up so much blood. However, if we can convince them that Uncle Ho never wanted communism, then perhaps a solution can be found there.

However, I don't think what the U.S is doing is right either. The Viet Cong won the war fair and square, and right now, the U.S is basically blackmailing the VCP, and to me, that is almost the same as assassination. And it's not like the VCP is doing anything that bad to our people. You can do pretty much everything except advocating an overthrow of the government.
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by: Envision from: CA
June 08, 2014 4:02 AM
Vietnam democracy will pave the way that leads the country into prosperity. People in Vietnam will have the rights to change the government into the right direction. When the people have their rights protected by law, they will determine to succeed.

by: Tuan from: Vietnam
June 06, 2014 9:41 PM
China comes into a poor country and takes advantage of the corrupted system and squeezes blood our of desperate laborers whose familes waiting second by second for food on the table.

China comes at their own risk. Vietnam is never welcome blook sucking Chinese.

Vietnamese leaders, it is time to reform. Give me 7 years I will make Vietnam strong and better compared to Singapore. You can create million jobs without Chinese company.

You can do better, starting with infrastructures, improving mobility cross the country, improving eduation, improve research and development, give people better services. It will drive better economy and improve quality of life. That's simple.
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by: Envision from: CA
June 08, 2014 3:41 AM
Vietnam will not depend on China. The people will do better if Vietnam becomes democracy.
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by: Obama wang from: Hongkong
June 07, 2014 3:53 AM
Daydream!
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by: Neil from: Perth Western Australia
June 07, 2014 1:02 AM
Firstly,I can totally understand your feelings,when your motherland is under invasion,but the fact is in this world truth can be only found in the shooting range of a cannon.China is becoming a superpower although they always said "China will rise peacefully" , it's impossible as we all know.They just do like what japan did 70 years ago. I believe the USA and the UK also did in the same way to their little neighbors 100 years ago.So do not just illustrate your allegedly truth.There is only one solution for Vietnam ,it is sell yourself to America .Or just live under the shade of China.THIS IS A CRUEL WORLD

by: Seato
June 06, 2014 4:13 PM
Mr Hong Lei is one of the most shameless and outrageous liars that China has ever produced.China towed an oil platform into Vietnamese territorial waters,escorted by over a hundred ships and aircrafts,attacking Vietnamese patrol ships and fishing boats right in Vietnamese Exclusive Economic Zones,without any respect for international laws and humanity.China has unilaterally started all these problems to help asserting their illegal maritime claim over the entire South China Sea,and now you have the nerve to demand compensations from Vietnam for the damages and losses resulting from the riots which were orchestrated and stirred up by you Chinese yourselves.It is ridiculous.Mr Hong Lei,you can go on lying and distorting the truth,but you can not fool the world,because everyone has seen all China's evil deeds.The reason China has refused to submit informations to support its territorial claim to the International Court of Arbitration following the Philippines' court action,is because it hasn't got any.That's why China has decided to assert their claim by the use force,by deploying the oil platform HD981 and over a hundred ships and aircraft in Vietnamese waters,to terrorize the Vietnamese into submission.However,Vietnam is not alone.America,Japan and their allies would make sure that China would not succeed in establishing its full control over the world's busiest and strategically most vital sea route
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by: Hoang from: Canada
June 08, 2014 10:42 PM
Jonathan Huang,
Seato already gave you answers to your comments. If China has evidence that SCS belong to China then proof it in international arbitration. China is now telling Vietnam not to file case to international court because China has no evidence. Stop talking about Taiwan. Paracel and Spratly islands were under the administration of democratic South Vietnam when it was invaded by China and largest island was occupied by Taiwan in 1974 at the end of Vietnam war.
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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 08, 2014 11:33 AM
I asked many times.
Why democratic Taiwan has the identical claim on the South China Sea as mainlands? Why both mainland and Democratic Taiwan use the nine dash line to define their sea border?
Stop calling mainland aggressive! Mainland only inherits the South China Sea from ROC which is Taiwan now!
Yes, China claims 90%SCS, but tiny Viet also claims 80%SCS! If China is greedy then Viet must be insane! Imagine China is hundred times bigger than viet! And much older and more advanced than viet! We have thousands evidences to prove that SCS belongs to China!

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