Chinese newspapers distort truth, intimidate Vietnam

Published: 22/06/2011 05:00


The Chinese newspaper Global Times published an editorial
titled “Tougher action towards China cannot benefit Vietnam” to which the
Vietnamese Dai Doan Ket Newspaper has replied appropriately “China’s newspaper
distorting the truth and intimidating the Vietnamese People”.

The Chinese newspaper Global Times published an editorial
titled “Tougher action towards China cannot benefit Vietnam” to which the
Vietnamese Dai Doan Ket Newspaper has replied appropriately “China’s newspaper
distorting the truth and intimidating the Vietnamese People”.

Position of
Vietnamese vessel Binh Minh 02 during the incident on May 26 when Chinese ships
cut its survey cable

Two of three Chinese ocean surveillance vessels violate Vietnam’s water
teritorry and cut off a survey cable of vessel Binh Minh 02 on May 26.

After experiencing 20 very turbulent years, Vietnam and China had normalized
their relations with a basic pledge, “Close the past and go forward into the
future”. They aimed to build a relationship under the slogan: “friendly
neighbors, comprehensive cooperation, long-term stability, future-oriented”.

In addition, the two nations recently agreed to set up comprehensive strategic
partner cooperation.

This was a valued and treasured achievement that was created with much effort
and a concerted will by both sides and remains firmly respected and endorsed by

Unfortunately, many newspapers in China have continuously issued hostile
articles, distorting Vietnam’s image and Vietnam-China relations. The articles
have increased in number after Chinese vessels cut off cables of a Vietnamese
oil exploration vessel in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone two weeks ago. An
exploration cable of the PetroVietnam vessel, Binh Minh 2 (Sunrise 2) was cut by
Chinese ocean surveillance ships on May 26. Two weeks later, a Chinese fishing
boat rammed the survey cables of the PetroVietnam vessel, Viking II that was
operating in Vietnam’s EEZ.

Amongst all the Chinese newspapers, the Global Times has raised the biggest
voice over China’s actions in Vietnam’s EEZ.

The paper issued an editorial titled “Tougher action towards China cannot
benefit Vietnam”, which clearly distorts the actual truth and Vietnam’s reaction
to the violations.

The editorial ridiculously blames Vietnam for threatening China. It was not a
Vietnamese vessel that attacked a Chinese vessel but contrarily it was the other
way round. A Vietnamese vessel was clearly threatened by a Chinese ship. Chinese
vessels not only threaten but also provoke, which is unacceptable to any country
as defined under international law and procedure. This certainly does not call
for a large number of print and online newspaper articles that have repeatedly
used grudging and accusative wordings to deeply offend the dignity of the
Vietnamese people.

Such rhetoric does not make a nation proud nor does it portray the decorum of a
civilized country, in particular of two socialist countries that are close

The editorial published in Global Times on June 11 used threatening words such
as: “Vietnam seems completely ignorant of the reactions that China can offer”;
“If using war to resolve territorial disputes Vietnam will lose”… (Although I do
not want to, I am compelled to remind about events in the 1970s when China
attacked the Hoang Sa archipelagoes (Paracel Islands) and launched a war on the
Northern borders of Vietnam and the 1988 event when China attacked some islands
in Truong Sa archipelagoes (Spartly islands). This reminder is aimed at exposing
those who not only threaten but also wage war against the Vietnam-China

The provocative actions of the Chinese ocean surveillance ships and articles
like the Global Times editorial, disturb and hurt Vietnamese people’s sentiments
towards China, though not towards all the Chinese people in general. What the
Global Times says is far from the truth: “Chinese people’s feelings towards
Vietnam that were accumulated day by day have reduced to ashes while reading
Vietnam’s reactions through the media”.

The emphasis on big country and small country was very marked by the author.
Realistically the world has powerful and not so powerful countries based on
geographic, economic and population strata. However all countries are equal when
it come to international relations. This notion has been continuously repeated
by Chinese leaders.

China’s present attitude contradicts the policy of respecting smaller countries
as the article states.

In addition, this conduct displays an encroaching attitude by a big country and
raises concerns in the public besides affecting China’s image of a peacefully
growing economy.

The editorial also incorrectly assumed that legal reaction from Vietnam was the
result of domestic pressure, stimulating internal sentiments, attracting
attention from the international community…, reflecting nationalism and causing
contradictions between the two countries.

The problem between the two countries began when Chinese vessels in the East Sea
broke international law. All Vietnamese felt betrayed as all with a conscience
in the world would as well.

International law in today’s modern world does not permit any country to behave
in an encroaching manner with another country and expect it to remain silent.

How would Global Times react if foreign vessels attacked Chinese ships and cut
their cables in the Chinese EEZ recognized by international law? Certainly not
in the area of so-called nine-stage line recognized by China itself and
thousands of miles away from the Chinese coast!

History knows that China was also invaded and the Chinese people know dishonor
at the hands of foreigners. Surely then they must understand the discontentment
of the Vietnamese people.

The editorial said that Hanoi took a back step after successfully determining
the boundaries in the Tonkin gulf. These allegations are only worth dismissing.
Does Beijing want now to change the word Ha Noi?

It is most regrettable that what took 20 long years for the two countries to
overcome and build by way of renewed cooperative relations is now being pushed
aside by regrettable action by China.

At the end of the article, the author writes “Please reconsider the history”.

Exactly! Please review the thousand-year history of your neighbors and follow
decorum and a moral code of conduct towards neighbors who value peace and good
friendly relations with all countries.

Every Vietnamese citizen has a deeply embedded desire to behave in accordance
with moral standards towards good friendly countries. Surely this too must be
the wish of the Chinese people as well!

Source: SGGP/Dai Doan Ket

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