Den Haag, june 17th, 2011
Chinese aggression in the Southern Pacific
From the 1970s onwards, China has repeatedly violated the sovereignty of Vietnam’s territorial waters.
In 1974, it invaded and occupied the Paracel Islands. In 1988, it again resorted to brute force to capture a major reef that belonged to the Vietnamese Spratly Islands. In recent years, the conduct of the Chinese in the Southern Pacific has descended into a veritable state of lawlessness. Their navy has killed many defenceless Vietnamese fishermen attempting to make a living off the coast of Vietnam. Over the past few weeks, Chinese surveillance vessels have persistently attacked exploration ships that were conducting seismic research within Vietnam’s internationally recognized economic exclusion zone.
The Communist regime that rules Vietnam today, however, has responded to China’s naked aggression with consistent cowardice. It has even imprisoned Vietnamese citizens who held peaceful demonstrations to denounce this aggression.
For these reasons, Vietnamese refugees in the Netherlands will gather in the Hague on Friday, June 17th, 2011 to voice their protests against both Chinese expansionism and the cowardly policy adopted by the Vietnamese Communist regime in the face of this threat. A demonstration in front of Communist Vietnam’s Embassy (Nassauplein 12, 2585 EB Den Haag) in that city will be held from 13:00h to 14:00h. From 14:30h to 15:30h, a subsequent demonstration will be held at the Chinese Embassy (Adriaan Goekooplaan 7, 2517 JX Den Haag) in the same city.