|The Ottawa Citizen|
Thursday, January 03, 2008
China has created a colossal new city called Sansha in the Hainan province. This city would encompass the archipelagoes of Paracels (Hoang Sa in Vietnamese) and Spratly (Truong Sa) in the South China Sea. These islands have long been considered part of Vietnam by the former regime in South Vietnam as well as its predecessors.
This action is the culmination of a chain of brazen manoeuvres taken by the People's Republic of China to gradually take away Vietnamese territory. Specifically, the People's Republic of China sent its navy on Jan. 19, 1974, to take over Hoang Sa; took over Truong Sa on March 14, 1988, annexed Truong Sa and Hoang Sa to the Province of Hainan on April 14, 1988; and annexed the historical Nam Quan Pass and the Ban Gioc Falls in North Vietnam in 2000.
The Vietnamese Communist regime itself is responsible for the losses of Vietnam's territorial sovereignty:
- Vietnamese Communist prime minister Pham Van Dong, in an official correspondence dated Sept. 14, 1958 with the People's Republic of China's government, "recognized and agreed with the government of the People's Republic of China's announcement on Sept. 4, 1958, defining the territorial waters of China" (to include the Spratly and Paracel archipelagoes);
- The Vietnamese Communist government remained silent when China took over Hoang Sa after a fierce battle with the navy of the former Republic of Vietnam on Jan. 19, 1974;
- The Vietnamese Communist Party secretly signed in 1999 an agreement with the Chinese government to cede Vietnam's sovereignty over the historical Nam Quan Pass, the Ban Gioc Falls in North Vietnam, and a substantial portion of the Vietnamese territorial waters in the Gulf of Tonkin.
The Vietnamese Canadian Federation condemns the People's Republic of China's world hegemony strategy and denounces the collusion of the Vietnamese Communist regime. We call upon all peace-loving and justice-upholding countries in the world to press the People's Republic of China to return these islands to Vietnam.
Vietnam is in danger of becoming China's next Tibet. Unfortunately, with Chinese authorities as its key mentor, the current Vietnamese Communist regime is in no position to fight back China's gradual encroachment upon Vietnam's territory.
Danh T. Nguyen, Ottawa
Vietnamese Canadian Federation