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Territorial Claims Between Vietnam and China

Posted in Politics with tags , on August 4, 2010 by Ian Pham

For many decades, the Chinese government has claimed that the southern sea, along with many bordering areas, had belonged to China.  These claims come with little evidence and historical representation.  Nonetheless, the Chinese continue to claim sovereignty over these territories.  One of the claims made by China are control over the Paracel and Spratly Islands, located east of Vietnam.  Even to this day, Vietnam and China have been fighting for control of these islands.

The People’s Republic of China claims sovereignty over the entire Southeast Asia Sea, which includes the Paracel and Spratly Islands.  In reality however, the Paracel and Spratly Islands have been under Vietnamese jurisdiction since the times of the Nguyen Dynasty (19-20th century), up until 1974 and 1988, when the Chinese Communists invaded Paracel and Spratly, respectively.

The Spratly Islands were also under the control of Vietnam, although several islands further east belong to the Philippines.  Now, with the Paracels completely occupied, the Beijing government plans to take over the Spratly Islands as well.  This action has been met with strong resistance from the Philippine government, who seems keen on defending their share of the islands.

There is also resistance from Vietnam, but it does not come from the government.  The people of Vietnam, along with some parts of the military, are outraged by the Chinese invasion.  The government, on the other hand, is utterly useless in defending the sovereignty of these islands, which have been under Vietnam’s control for almost 200 years.

Disputes over the Paracel and Spratly Islands are a hot topic between Vietnam and China today.  The Chinese government is trying everything in their strength to capture these islands, while the Philippines and Vietnam are trying to prevent that from happening.  As of now, the Chinese are steadily stationing their military around the Spratly Islands, and still terrorizing the fishermen in the South China Sea/Southeast Asia Sea.  It is very unfortunate, but justice will surely be served.  If the Vietnamese government doesn’t deal with this problem, the people surely will.