The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned China for releasing a map and announcing its so-called 12th Five-Year-Plan of National Oceanic Development, in which it claims sovereignty over Vietnam's Truong Sa (Paracel) and Hoang Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said Wednesday the map and the plan are totally valueless. "Vietnam affirms its indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes, sovereignty and jurisdiction rights over the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the East Sea as is laid out in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," Nghi said. He told the press the release of the map and the announcement of the plan seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty. He added that such actions breach international law and an agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Vietnam and China, and are not in line with the spirit of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam denounces China over map, oceanic development plan
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Vedan Vietnam Joint Stock Co (Vedan Vietnam) is withdrawing its calendars for the year 2013 on which the words "South China Sea" are printed on a sea area comprising the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago under Vietnam's sovereignty. Yesterday a representative of MSG-maker Vedan Vietnam confirmed that the company is revoking thousands of such calendars that have been given to their employees. The calendar consists of 6 sheets showing images that advertise the company's products, but on the fourth sheet there is a picture of a globe printed under the words "Vedan". It is notable that the words "South China Sea" appear on the sea area of Vietnam on the said globe. The words: "Publishing license no. 841/2012/CXB/43-23/DHQGTP.HCM. Designed and manufactured by: Da Vang Trading Services Advertising Co., Ltd." are also found on the calendar. Diep Phong Nguyen, manager of the General Director Office at Vedan Vietnam, told Tuoi Tre: "Through many channels of information, we know that … [Read more...] about Taiwan firm revokes ‘South China Sea’ calendars
(VOVworld) - The US State Department has said it will raise concerns with Beijing over a map printed in new Chinese passports. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Tuesday: "We do have concerns about this map which is causing tension and anxiety between and among the states in the South China Sea (East Sea). We do intend to raise this with the Chinese in terms of it not being helpful to the environment we all seek to resolve these issues". Nuland said the map is not conducive to creating an environment for the parties involved to resolve their territorial disputes, and that the US does not acknowledge the sovereignty China claims in this map. Nhat Quynh, VOV correspondent in the US … [Read more...] about US objects to China passport map
Traffic rides past the front of the Peace Palace, the main venue of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) annual ministerial meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum, in Phnom Penh on July The Association of Southeast Asian Nations failed to reach consensus on handling disputes in the South China Sea, reflecting a rift between China and the US over rules to keep peace in the trade lane. Cambodia, which holds the group's rotating chairmanship, rejected a compromise on the wording of a joint communiqué among the other nine members in Phnom Penh, according to Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Thailand's top foreign ministry bureaucrat. The bloc's inability to agree on a communiqué is unprecedented, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said. "This is strange territory for me," he told reporters yesterday after a week of meetings. "It's very, very disappointing that at this 11th hour Asean is not able to rally around a certain common language on the South China … [Read more...] about Asean splits on South China Sea spats as US urges talks
VietNamNet Bridge – The follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau explains why the East Sea, from the name Giao Chi (Jiaozhi) Sea in the 14th century, was mistakenly noted by Western people as the South China Sea. From the Giao Chi sea to the U-shape line The East Sea disputes The world map (continents) as drawn by Henricus Matellus Germanus in 1498 In the article “From the East Sea to the U-shape Line”, researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau clarified that in ancient maps of Chinese people; the East Sea was named Giao Chi Sea, Great East Sea or Southeastern Sea.From this aspect, a question emerges. Why the Giao Chi Sea (14th century) was mistakenly called by Western people as the South China Sea as today? We would like to introduce the follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau to answer this question. From the utmost antiquity to the 14th century, ancient people thought that the globe had only three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Perhaps the pioneer for … [Read more...] about Why the East Sea became the South China Sea?