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Unity: Moving Vietnam Forward

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by Ian Pham

Fresh off the discussions and debate sparked by the previous post, it seems appropriate that we now discuss what is best for Vietnam’s future.  First off, it is clear that the old Communist Party, along with their police state apparatus, must go.  Whether it be from sweeping reforms throughout the Party, or a flat out ousting of the Party, the old Communist system does not work.  The people of Vietnam need freedom, the freedom to express themselves, to share their ideas, and to openly disagree with their government.

How do we attain this freedom?  There are countless ways.  However, regardless of how the people achieve the freedom they require, there are some fundamental principles that need to be present.  The most important principle, and I’ve said this countless times, is for the people of Vietnam to be united.  Only in unity can Vietnam overcome its many different obstacles.  Unity has helped keep Vietnam alive through 4,000 years of Chinese invasion, and two centuries of western invasion.

One cannot predict what all the factors will be in bringing change to Vietnam, that will only become clear when the time comes.  However, one can rest assured that without unity, all other factors are insignificant.  In order to defeat the two goliaths of the Vietnamese people, that is the VCP and the PRC, the people of Vietnam must stand together.  As one unitary force, unfettered by fear or self-interest, the people of Vietnam will defeat these two enemies, to bring Vietnam into a new era of freedom and prosperity.  This is what we call unity.

Unity will be the factor that brings down the Vietnamese Communist Party when it becomes clear that they can no longer govern, when they are too confused and divided to further subjugate the people.  Unity will then be the factor that helps Vietnam rebuild itself on the international stage, and realize its full potential as a righteous and prosperous nation.  When push comes to shove, unity will then be the factor that pushes Vietnam to new heights in the face of Chinese aggression.  In Vietnam’s history, unity has always been paramount, and that is something that will never change.

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Boycott Chinese Products? Here’s Why

Posted in Economics, Opinions, Politics with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by Ian Pham

This is just a brief note on why we should start boycotting Chinese-made products.  The first reason is obvious, the Communist government in Beijing has been executing a policy of aggression and expansionism towards all of its neighbours.  They’ve made clear their intentions to occupy all of Southeast Asia Sea, sending in their navy numerous times to harass and terrorize the fishermen, researchers, and coastguards of nearby nations.

It is already known what the Chinese Communist does to their smaller neighbors, well here’s a reason that’s closer to home for us.  The People’s Republic of China has made many aggressive acts towards the United States of America, they may be more subtle than the occurrences in Asia, but they are not invisible.  Numerous cases of plagiarism and espionage have been reported by the U.S. against the People’s Republic of China.  The Beijing government has been criticized for hacking, intrusion, and computer espionage against many major American companies.  As a result, staggering quantities of American intelligence has fallen into the hands of the Communist Chinese.

Digital espionage and theft of valuable information is just the start of the intrusive and aggressive acts against the United States.  Many of you may recall the whole episode of Chinese currency manipulation against the U.S. dollar.  It was only months ago when the U.S. had to confront the PRC for their manipulation of the Yuan, pegging it to the American dollar to keep Chinese prices low.  This resulted in the stagnation of the American economy, keeping the U.S. recovery at a standstill for the longest time.

The last reason I am presenting to you is a safety matter.  Many recent reports have shown that many raw materials imported from the PRC are very toxic, dangerous to the health of our consumers.  Chinese-imported toys are said to contain harmful chemicals such as lead, which can cause major health problems to the children who play with them.  Furthermore, there have been reports of respiratory problems caused by the chemicals and materials found in drywall imported from China.  These problems may not be construed as acts of aggression, but they are definitely health hazards.

As a result, I am led to believe that the Beijing government’s approach to consumer safety is similar to their approach to international politics, reckless, irresponsible, and shameless.  For this reason, I am asking you to just consider this one thing: when you’re about to purchase something, check where it is made before you take it to the register.  There are many reasons to boycott Chinese made products, I have just outlined only a few for you.  Obviously, you are in charge of what you buy or not buy, all I ask of you is this: check the tag.

Going Bankrupt?

Posted in Economics, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here is something that I hope many of you will find interesting.  There is word going around from some analysts, suggesting that the Communist Party of Vietnam is going bankrupt.  This is more than speculation, but since the Communist system is built upon nothing but lies, it is a very real possibility.  How can this be?  Isn’t Vietnam one of Asia’s second fastest growing economies, only behind China, with an annual GDP growth of 7-8%?  Maybe, but maybe not.

Let’s talk about China for a moment.  It is widely believed that the Chinese economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.  Strong GDP figures, healthy numbers on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and so on.  But hold on a minute, how do we know that these figures are what the Chinese Communists say they are?  An article by Taipen Daily editor Justice Litle puts these figures directly into question.

According to Litle, many of China’s claims to economic growth are strongly exaggerated, even to the point of outright fabrication.  In his article, “China Has Reason to be Terrified” (February 25, 2011), Litle goes over the discrepancies in China’s statistics on economic growth, looking at the reasons why the numbers just don’t add up.  To further strengthen his argument, Litle quotes the words of a Li Kequiang, China’s prominent political insider, who refers to the statistical figures as “man-made” and “for references only.”  To summarize, it is possible that the stats for China’s economic growth, as released by Beijing, may be completely untrue.  Though we may not be able to prove it yet, the ferocity of China’s economic growth may be fabricated. Furthermore, it is possible that the country is more of a paper tiger than is generally perceived.

Let’s now look back at Communist Vietnam, who, to the chagrin of your’s truly, always seems to be following in Beijing’s footsteps.  Nowadays, it is believed that Vietnam is the new up-and-coming economy in Asia, with a strong annual growth and ever-increasing market strength.  This general perception, like that of China’s, may also be nothing but pure bull.  Not only is Vietnam’s economy not what its leaders claim it to be, but its condition may actually be worse.  Exponentially worse, as a matter of fact.  Unlike China, who may still have the investment and economic clout to sustain itself, the smaller economy of Vietnam might not even have enough money to keep its economy afloat for much longer.  As a matter of fact, many believe that Vietnam’s economy is set to collapse in the not-too-distant future, taking the Communists with it.

It seems that the Communist regime is not as sustainable as the fools hoped it would be.  Vietnam’s Communist dictators are starting to run out of steam, taking so much money out of the economy that the system itself is now in jeopardy.  Though it is not positively certain that the Communists are on their way out, one should still feel joy in the possibility that their impending collapse may happen very soon.  Vietnam is in need of a revolution, and this need grows steadily stronger with time.  Double digit inflation is plaguing the Vietnamese economy, and this new evidence of statistical fabrication only strengthens the possibility that the Communists are losing grip of their own system.  This may be the breaking point of the Communist regime.  It is obvious that they’ve pushed the people too far, but it seems that they are pushing the system to the limit as well.  It is only a matter of time now, Vietnam’s revolution may not be far away.

The VCP: Selling Out to China

Posted in Economics, IV. Columns, Politics, Society with tags , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Ian Pham

Piracy in the Southeast Asia Sea, detrimental mining on Vietnamese land, and the invasion of the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos.  All Chinese crimes, all condoned by the Vietnamese government.

I have often expressed my disapproval and lack of respect for the contemperary Communist Party of Vietnam and the fifteen “leaders” calling the shots.  Aside from the tyrannical treatment of the Vietnamese people and corruption within the Party, the VCP seems content on allowing the Beijing government to enter Vietnam and terrorize the citizens.  Many actions taken by the Chinese Communists Party have been detrimental to the people of Vietnam.

The abuse of Vietnamese fishermen in the Southeast Asia Sea, destruction of Vietnamese forests and farms due to Chinese mining projects, and the invasion of the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos (Hoang Sa & Truong Sa) are the main problems posed by China today.  The Vietnamese government tries to conceal these crimes from the Vietnamese people, consequentially helping China continue these heinous crimes.  Many Chinese crimes today are defended by the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Their are numerous reasons why the Vietnamese government would perform such degrading acts, I will try to summarize them here.

The most obvious reason is the rampant corruption within the Communist Party of Vietnam.  Members of the VCP seek only to benefit themselves and could care less for the well-being of the population.  The Chinese exploit the greed of the VCP to further their own ends in Vietnam, paying off the leaders to implement pro-China policies and illegally lease Vietnamese land to the Beijing government.

Corruption emerges from the lack of integrity, and the lack of integrity often stems from cowardice, which is the other reason why the Vietnamese Communist Party allows China to run Vietnam into the ground.  The VCP is obviously unfit to govern the country, which is why they do everything in their power to monitor every piece of information flowing into Vietnam.  They are terrified that the Vietnamese people will one day realize what the Party has done to Vietnam and the inevitable consequences that follow: the total destruction of the Communist Party and the punishment at the hands of the people.  For this reason, the VCP continues to suppress the people of Vietnam, abusing them in inhuman ways and jailing them without evidence.

The VCP are not only scared of the people, but they are also scared of the Chinese.  The economic and military rise of China is obvious, which is why the VCP is so willing bowing down to them.  The cowardice of the VCP allows the Chinese government to control their actions and policies through bribery and coercion.

The Vietnamese Communist Party are the biggest betrayers of Vietnam, suppressing the Vietnamese people and selling out to China.  For over a thousand years, China has tried to conquer Vietnam, failing every time.  It looks like for the first time in Vietnam’s history, a government is actually willfully handing their country over to foreign invaders.  As severe as this may sound, it will never work.

Beijing may control the weak leaders of the Vietnamese Communist Party, but they do not control the army nor the population.  Some Vietnamese Generals are becoming increasingly agitated by the weakness of the Vietnamese Communist Party and are voicing their opinions openly.  Navy officials are beginning to resist the Chinese presence on the Spratly archipelago despite protests from the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Finally, the Vietnamese people are more frequently standing up to the Vietnamese government, ready to confront the Communist police.

From the way things are progressing, it’s only a matter of time before the leaders at the top lose their grip on power and ultimately be ousted.  It could be tomorrow, it could be next week, or it could be much longer than that.

It is possible that somewhere in the Communist Party, someone can make a change.  However, I believe that the real change will come from the Vietnamese people.  Sadly, from an objective point of view, it doesn’t look like anyone at the height of the Communist leadership possesses the intellect, integrity, or courage to lead the country in a positive direction.  The real change will come from the people, and hopefully, from within the Communist Party.

Giving Up the Paracel and Spratly Islands: Another Betrayal by the Vietnamese Government

Posted in Economics, Modern History, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Ian Pham

The islands of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Paracel and Spratly) are located east of Vietnam in the South China Sea (or Southeast Asia Sea) and have been disputed between the countries in that region for several decades.  Over the past century, all the way up to 1974, the islands have been under Vietnamese control.

However, in early January of 1974, while the Republic of Vietnam was busy with the Communists in the North and the Americans in the South, the People’s Republic of China launched an invasion on the islands of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.  Unsuccessful at first, due to the strength of the Republic of Vietnam’s resistance, the Chinese returned with a bigger fighting force on the coming days and successfully took the islands of Hoang Sa.

It didn’t end there however.  Fourteen years later, in 1988, the Chinese stage another attack.  This time, the target was Truong Sa (the Spratly Islands), and instead of the South Vietnamese, it was against the Vietnamese Communists.  The invasion was easy this time, since the Vietnamese Communists hardly put up a fight against the Chinese government.  The soldiers were unarmed and unprepared for the Chinese attack.  As a result, some portions of the Spratly islands also fell into the hands of the Chinese.

Today, the Chinese are still steadily trying to control both of the islands with little resistance from the Vietnamese government who seem content on surrendering the islands to the Beijing government.  The Spratly Islands are partially occupied while the Paracels are completely occupied.  Fortunately, the people of Vietnam are not afraid to stand up to China, even if the cowardly government is.  But sadly, whenever the Vietnamese people voice the injustices of China’s invasion, the Vietnamese government immediately cracks down on them for fear of offending China.

The invasion of these islands by the government of China is another hot topic in Vietnam today, which is why the Vietnamese Communists Party try absolutely everything to silence the public from ever speaking of it.  Despite their efforts however, the people of Vietnam will not sit idly by while their land is being taken away.  Numerous demonstrations and protests have erupted in Vietnam against the Chinese invasion, all of them have been brutally crushed by the Vietnamese government.  Bloggers in Vietnam who dare bring up this subject of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa are (yup, you guessed it!) arrested by the Communist police.  The Vietnamese Communist Party are the corrupted puppets of the Beijing government, cruelly beating down on their own people but at the same time bowing down to the Chinese  Communists.  They are pathetic, plain and simple.

Chinese “Bauxite” Mining on Vietnamese Land

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Ian Pham

For nearly three years now, since late 2007, the Vietnamese Communist Party has been allowing the Chinese government to undergo several mining projects on Vietnamese land.  These “Bauxite” mining projects are taking place in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, where many Vietnamese farmers were living before.  The mining project has devastated and continues to devastate the environment in these regions and the people that live there.

The tea, coffee, and crop plantations that were previously in this region have been replaced by factories and power plants, causing tremendous pollution to the the area.  As a result, the farmers of these crops have lost both their jobs and their homes.  Many of the trees and forests in these areas have been torn down to make space for more factories and equipment, further destroying the habitat and wildlife in that area.  The lakes where farmers once irrigated their crops are now being used to store “red mud,” toxic waste generated by the Chinese mining company.

General Vo Nguyen Giap strongly opposes the bauxite mining projects.

The “Bauxite” mining projects have been widely protested among the Vietnamese population.  Many environmentalists, scientists, and even army officials oppose the mining projects, but the most prominent voice of all comes from the famous General Vo Nguyen Giap, one of the original founders of the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Sending letters to the current Communist Party of Vietnam on three separate occasions, General Giap condemned the projects, pointing out the detrimental consequences that bauxite mining will have on Vietnam’s environment, economy, and population.  His words however, have been ignored by the new leaders of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

It is obvious that these current Vietnamese “leaders” are allowing these projects to continue due to the pressures of the Chinese government.  They claim that it’s a joint project with both Vietnamese and Chinese companies.  If that were true, then why do the Vietnamese companies also protest to this mining project?  Also, why are these detrimental and environmentally damaging projects only taking place on Vietnamese soil?  Finally, if this was a joint project, then why are the majority of the workers on this site coming from China?  The Chinese are aiming to destroy Vietnamese land and the Vietnamese government is letting them do it.

Bauxite mining is one of the biggest problems in Vietnam today and is one of the hot topics among Vietnamese bloggers.  The government cowards are trying everything in their power to silence these voices of discontent among the population.  However, the resentment is still there, and the people continue to oppose these bauxite mining projects.  Guess what happens to bloggers in Vietnam who bring up the bauxite mining projects?  That’s right, jail!

Piracy in the South China Sea

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by Ian Pham

The Chinese government has been committing heinous crimes against many of their neighboring countries.  One such example is the harassment of Vietnamese fishermen in the Southeast Asia Sea, better known as the South China Sea.  Vietnamese fishermen today are constantly harassed and abused by the Chinese Navy, with little protection from the Vietnamese government.

Here are just some examples of the crimes committed:

The body of a Vietnamese fisherman who was robbed and killed by Chinese Communist Naval forces in the Gulf of Tonkin.  The murderers stuffed his body in a fishing basket, filled it with ice, and sent it home to his family.  This incident occurred fairly recently, although the date is unclear.

This incident occurred on June 12, 2010 while the fishermen were still sleeping.  The fishermen’s boat was rammed by a larger boat believed to be under the control of the Chinese Navy.  The attack caused significant injuries to the fishermen.

A similar case happened three days earlier on June 9, 2010.  Vietnamese fishermen were attacked by a large boat that appeared to be controlled by Chinese Naval forces.  This attack also occurred when the fishermen were asleep.

Source: Nguyen Thai Hoc Foundation