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    Vietnam’s Communists Urged to Sue China

    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands
    China, Vietnam oil rig dispute, near Paracel Islands

    Dozens of prominent members of Vietnam's Communist Party (VCP), voicing concerns over China’s actions in the South China Sea, are calling on their leaders to file a legal case against Beijing with the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

    The petition, obtained by VOA's Vietnamese service, has been sent to the Central Committee, the highest authority within the VCP. The move comes weeks after China moved a controversial oil rig away from disputed waters near the Paracel Islands, also claimed by Vietnam.

    In an open letter, the senior members wrote that Hanoi has paid a high price for conceding too much to China’s demands.

    “The more Vietnam steps back, the more China presses ahead,” they wrote, adding that only a legal move can prove Vietnam's legitimacy over the disputed waters.

    Professor Tuong Lai, a co-signer of the petition, says given Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea, it is a wakeup call to millions of other party members who have a vague idea about shared ideology with Beijing's Community Party.

    “We hope that our letter would rally support from others who have the similar feelings deep down, but have not yet spoken out," he said. "We hope to provoke the strong will of those who are concerned about the fate of the country in the face of [China’s] encroachment.”

    Party leaders have not yet replied to the letter, and did not respond to similar calls in the past.

    As tensions between Hanoi and Beijing reached their highest level in May, Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Tan Dung threatened to challenge China’s claims in an international tribunal. Since then, no such action has been taken.

    Earlier this year, the Philippines filed a challenge with a United Nations tribunal over China's maritime claims. Beijing says it does not recognize international arbitration of the dispute and has refused to defend itself or otherwise take part in the proceedings.

    This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Vietnamese service.

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    by: Barbacommie from: California
    August 01, 2014 2:02 PM
    Vietnam is facing existential threat today. After several decades under communism, it has failed to make any progress, and to keep up with other countries in East Asia. Its people don't have enough to eat, languishing in heavily polluted air and water, and drowning in the swamp of backwardness. And then there are the Chinese.

    For thousands of years they have invaded Vietnam but in the past it was to steal gold, silver and other valuable. Food was not the main item on the menu. At present, with 1.3 billions mouths to feed, the Chinese are pressed for food, and more living space. With several hundreds of millions men more than women, they are short of females too, as a result of the practice of female infanticide during pregnancy. Millions of male Chinese are facing the prospect of never finding a mate.

    Naturally they are tempted to invade their neighbors at least initially, from territorial water to land. They will murder the men and enslave the women, steal all the rice and the land. Yes, China will not stop at invading its small neighbors because there isn't enough living space in countries like Vietnam, Burma or Korea. It will salivate at larger countries like Russia or Australia and eventually America too. The Chinese believe they are special breed of people chosen to dominate the world, not unlike the Nasi. There are enough Chinese to populate the whole earth .

    What Vietnam needs to do is to abolish the barbarian communism, establish a democratic government and ally with the free world to counter China or face the consequences.

    by: No Communist for the Worl from: Earth
    July 31, 2014 10:30 AM
    Vietnamese Communist Party is way so scared of Chinese communists. They are both partner in crime. They both treat their own people like animal. The Chinese communists would be scared the most is when the Vietnamese Communists disappeared! They, Chinese Communists, work hard to push into Viet Nam but also fear that Vietnamese up-rise to free their country. The both communists still grasp lands from their people in both countries. They both are the most corrupted, stolen billions from their own countries. They both communist regime need to be disappeared on this planet earth. We live in 21st century now.

    by: Dookie from: US
    July 30, 2014 6:45 PM
    A bunch of phony!!

    by: bill from: usa
    July 30, 2014 4:46 PM
    Vietnam is China "ngui". China held Vietnam commies by the balls for years. Vietnam has no plan to deal with China problem,
    its economy is controlled by China. China fed Vietnam the left over bread crums.

    by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
    July 30, 2014 1:25 PM
    Which tribunal will hear the case if Vietnam sues? The Philippines has done that. How are they doing?
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    by: william li from: canada
    July 31, 2014 10:50 AM
    @lea, you should say, it might take decades if not centuries, lol Chinas power is growing rapidly, viet and finos stand no chance, even america will be pushed out of west Pacific ocean eventually by China. Go China Go!
    In Response

    by: lea from: USA
    July 30, 2014 11:42 PM
    The case of the Philippines to the UN might take years before the results will come, but the Philippines surely will not give up. As always in every legal case, it will take years before the outcome.

    by: william li from: canada
    July 30, 2014 1:13 PM
    interesting, in this open letter, they suggest to resolve viet cong, and to have a democratic Viet ( like Ukraine?)

    how come VOA forgot to report this most important part of the letter? doesnt america want badly to destroy viet communist? hum
    In Response

    by: william li from: canada
    July 31, 2014 10:46 AM
    I am so happy to see that Viet ppl wants to remove the viet communist party. cant wait to see a viet version of color revolution! Viet is gonna to be another Ukraine? I am sure that would help China to resolve the south china sea conflicts.
    In Response

    by: It's me from: Camada
    July 30, 2014 9:47 PM
    That was 40 years ago of US mentality, the world and people have changed and you'r still stuck in the rug. Vietnam and US are friends to go against China. Use a commie to fight another a commie. Vietnam can ask US to install patriotic missiles along North border will be a good idea.
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    by: Sam Walton
    July 30, 2014 6:21 PM
    Hi commie Li,
    Answer to these questions below:
    Why the worlds hate red China? The Japan, the Philippines, the Vietnam, the USA, the India, the Tibet... Chinese do not has moral and so they would
    1. Invaded neighboring countries (stolen/ invaded territories from other countries)
    2. Lies and Cheats
    3. Make most fake products
    4. Steal people R&D
    5. Red Chinese brutally harvests inmates organs
    6. Red Chinese would cooks and eats Cat & Dog, and destroy environment at the same-time…China is one of the most polluted country in the world.
    7. Red Chinese would run over their own children with tanks. Now think about item 7, Red Chinese invaded Japan, Vietnam, Tibet, Philippines’s lands, island, and ocean territories pieces just like the Nazi back then and when the world do nothing red Chinese would attack a country, two countries, and three countries just like the way they have done now. They have run tanks over their own children in Tiananmen Square June 4th 1989 what red Chinese will do to us?
    8. Unfair trading by low wage, offered workers no benefits tactics. Let face it, most of products in US are from Walmart, Caterpillar, Nike, Apple, Gap, Startbuck, Heinz, Coca Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors Brewing, Ford, and others are made in China.
    http://www.forbes.com/2010/07/06/us-investments-markets-emerging-markets-fdi_slide_10.html
    ...while we have millions of American receiving unemployment benefits???...while we have soldiers comes home from the Iraq, Afghanistan look for jobs???
    http://www.silive.com/eastshore/index.ssf/2014/05/returning_soldiers_looking_for.html

    Are we pay (invest) to red commies China so that we would lost our manufacturing jobs and indirectly promoting the red commies Chinese to be our new world leader?

    by: Ronson Bao Pham from: Virginia Beach, Virginia
    July 30, 2014 8:39 AM
    I really don't know why the Communist of Vietnam still hesitate to sue Communist of China about legal right of Vietnam sea that violent by Communist of China. It's time to Communist of China to international court and Vietnam must determine to fence off Communist of China bully tactic now to stop their illegal actions in the future.
    In Response

    by: Mike Ph from: California
    July 30, 2014 4:20 PM
    William Li: BTW FYI, south china sea is always part of China.

    Say who? Say China? Laughable. Everyone is saying they have a piece and has some historical evidence to prove.

    Give benefits of doubts to each claimaint, they are true to some sense that one time or another each has used or excerise some form of sovereigty over a portion of the sea.

    China's claim to own and has excercised sovereignty over 80% of the South China Sea is absurd, groundless and impossible--in modern term invalid and illegal.

    That is why everyone has problems with China and China refuses to go to internal court or arbitration. Because it knows it can not prove it!
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    by: william li from: canada
    July 30, 2014 1:10 PM
    they didnt sue china, because they know its useless!

    Finos sued, so what? you think China would give it a dime? lol

    BTW FYI, south china sea is always part of China.
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    by: Mike
    July 30, 2014 11:20 AM
    These communists at the top were placed there by China. They made deal with China not to sue as condition to move rig.

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