Archive for Vietnamese Fishermen

Fishermen Found Adrift, Taken to Safety

Posted in Society with tags , , on October 24, 2010 by Ian Pham

According to Reuters, the nine fishermen who failed to return home on wednesday were found drifting in the sea.  Luckily, they are still alive and have been taken to safety along the Paracel archipelago.

The Vietnamese government said that the fishermen’s engine had died, so they used their blankets as sails until a Chinese patrol vessel located them and took them to safety.

When the fishermen never made it back, the Vietnamese government called out China to help in the search.  Luckily. the fishermen held on until the rescue vessels found their trawler.

This is good to hear, as long as it’s all true.  Whether they’re back in Vietnam or still waiting on the Paracel Islands is unknown.  Hopefully the workers will find their way home to their families as soon as they can.

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Despite China’s Claims, the “Released” Fishermen Never Made it Home

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , on October 21, 2010 by Ian Pham

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.

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