Despite China’s Claims, the “Released” Fishermen Never Made it Home
The fishermen that China promised to release from custody last week never made it home. The nine fishermen detained by China on September 11, 2010, were expected to reach Vietnam on Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest. Their non-arrival was quite a shock, since the fishermen have been “released” by the Beijing government quite some time ago.
At the moment, there is no news of their whereabouts. According to AsiaNews, the fishermen’s families have tried contacting their boats, but didn’t get a single response, even after numerous tries over the past few days. The fishermen’s families, along with the officials in Vietnam, are questioning China’s efforts in ensuring the safety of the fishermen.
Many believe that it was never China’s intention to let the fishermen home safely. The adequacy of the boat, along with the amount of fuel and communication devices provided by the Chinese have been put into question. The situation is horrid for the families of these fishermen as they wait for their main supporters to return. Our thoughts should go out to the families of these fishermen. Let’s hope that somehow, they will make it back to Vietnam.
This is unacceptable on China’s end. It is obvious that they only said they would release the fishermen to appear humanitarian for the meeting of the defense ministers last week. It seems that they had ulterior motives, planning to let the fishermen get stranded at sea. This is China’s way of retaliating for Vietnam’s objections against the crimes of the Chinese navy. This just goes to how cruel, yet cowardly, the Beijing government really is.
Just two weeks ago, China was protesting Japan for detaining Chinese naval officers, only to turn around and murder the fishermen of Vietnam. The difference is that the Vietnamese detainees are innocent civilians while the Chinese detainees are not. Those who were arrested by the Japanese were members of China’s military, attempting to bully the civilians of Japan. It is an understatement to call the Chinese’ actions ironic, killing innocent people of their neighboring countries, and then blatantly placing blame on those who are unafraid to bring them to justice.
They prey on the innocent, then play the victim when challenged and embarrassed by the individuals who are capable of fighting back. It does not matter to me how strong their economy is, or how powerful their army and navy are. If China does not respect international law, disregards the livelihood of weaker nations, and lies shamelessly in the face of the world community, why should we respect them? They are truly pathetic, just like the Communists in Vietnam.