VietNamNet Bridge – Current tensions over the East Sea began in 2009 after the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf set a deadline for submitting claims for extended continental shelves beyond UNCLOS’s 200 nautical miles. The East Sea disputes The 1982 UN Convention on Law of the Sea recognizes the common heritage of the world’s oceans with a set of laws organizing exclusive zones for nations 200 nautical miles from their respective coasts. Waters beyond are open for use by all in ways that contribute to peace and friendly relations. By declaring sovereignty over the South China Sea (East Sea), China rejects the convention, argues Carlyle A. Thayer, with the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Current tensions over the East Sea began in 2009 after the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf set a deadline for submitting claims for extended continental shelves beyond UNCLOS’s 200 nautical miles. … [Read more...] about East Sea: A commons for China only
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Fifty years have passed since the "Ho Chi Minh Sea Trail" was established (October 23, 1961 - October 23, 2011). Across this legendary route, many ships without numbers overcame typhoons and strict blockades of the enemy to successfully transport tens of thousands of tonnes of weapons, food and medicines to supply the southern front, contributing to a great victory in Spring, 1975. MYSTERIOUS ROUTE OF THE SHIPS WITHOUT NUMBERS During the Vietnamese people's resistance war against the US for national salvation, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was considered a "strategic road through jungles" while the Ho Chi Minh Sea Trail was associated with the secret transport ships without numbers. The existence of these two mysterious routes caused extreme difficulties for US military officials and the South Vietnamese government at that time, who tried to prevent the northern army from assisting in the southern battles. After the Geneva Agreement was signed in 1954, the US imperialists and the Ngo … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh Sea Trail
Military action a remote possibility, but quest for peaceful solutions weakened by Chinese aggression and obfuscation, experts say Traditional bamboo fishing boats on My Khe Beach in the central coastal city of Da Nang. Experts say China’s recent actions, including the arrest of 21 Vietnamese fishermen on March 3, have worsened tensions in the East Sea. China’s plan to publish a map that claims disputed regions and its aggressive actions of late have worsened tensions in the East Sea, also known as the South China Sea. But military actions are unlikely, experts say. On March 27, the South China Morning Post said China will publish a map of the South China Sea this year to “strengthen their claim to the disputed region.” The map is part of a national campaign involving a dozen ministries and the Chinese Communist Party's publicity department to help raise public awareness of the country's territories and safeguard its sovereignty in disputed areas, the … [Read more...] about China blamed for escalating East Sea tensions
Vietnam celebrated the 86th anniversary of Revolutionary Press Day and many other important events occurred around the world. The fifth National Journalism Awards The fifth national journalism awards were held in Hanoi on the occasion of Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 26). Activities mark Vietnamese Revolutionary Press Day The 2010 contest received more entries than the previous contests: 1,321 entries in eight categories. Head of the Central Commission for Communication and Education and President of the Vietnam Journalists Association Dinh The Huynh said this year final round entries were outstanding and showed new discoveries that accurately reflected Vietnam’s economic, social, and cultural development as well as its progress in national defence and security. They are also of consistently high quality, he said. Vietnam raises the East Sea issue at United Nations The 21 st Meeting of UNCLOS States Parties was held in New York from June 13-16 with … [Read more...] about National Awards mark Revolutionary Press Day
First of all, China claims sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands based on the right of discovery and management. The East Sea disputes territory ended at the Hainan Island. China's argument includes: 1) Chinese were the first who discovered these islands and named them; 2) Chinese fishermen explored these islands for thousands of years. This proves China's sovereignty; 3) China's sovereignty over the islands is strengthened by archaeological unveils; 4) China has performed its management over these islands for a long time. We will consider argument and historical title of China concerning the Paracel and Spratly islands. "From the age of Emperor Wu of Han (156 BC), Chinese people began traveling in the South China Sea. After a long time of marine practice, Chinese people discovered the Xisha (Paracel) and Nansha (Spratly) islands," wrote the Chinese Foreign Ministry's White Paper dated January 30, 1980, to prove the so-called "China's indisputable … [Read more...] about What Chinese historical documents say?