Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Dialogue with China

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Vietnamese Americans, Asian Americans, and multi-ethnic groups gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy on August 29th 2009 to raise collective concerns of global security being threatened by Chinese expansionism with disrespect for human rights, environmental issues, its greediness for oil and power in the South China Sea and in the Middle East. A Petition was started globally for all who could not join the demonstration to also participate in the just cause.


CHINA SHOULD STOP BULLYING ITS NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES - Petitions ...


We, the undersigned Vietnamese Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, ASEAN members, and multi ethnic groups of overseas Chinese from different states would like to raise collective concerns of the global security being threatened by Chinese expansionism with disrespect for human rights, environmental issues, its greediness for oil and power in the South China Sea and in the Middle East.

Recent tragedies in Xinjiang, Tibet, Myanmar, South China Sea following the overbearing Beijing 2008 Olympics and the unforgettable Tiananmen Square Massacre continue to raise global concerns about China’s aggressiveness to its own people and its neighbors.

This petition signed by Asian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, communities of ASEAN members, and multiple ethnic groups of overseas Chinese requests China to immediately stop its aggressiveness and conform to the Charter of the United Nations, respecting international laws, human rights, protect the environment, stop destroying our good earth.













Mr. Nay Rong from North Carolina came with the delegates representing the Montagnards living in the Central Highland of Vietnam raised concerns about Bauxite which is known very toxic and would cause long term destruction to the land of the Montagnards.



Mr. Thach Yen, representing the Cambodians, raised concerns of how China has always controlled Cambodia, Lao, and Vietnam. Mr. Thach Yen requested Chinese authorities to withdraw from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam's territories.


Details, Impact and Progress


In recent years if not decades, China, in its rise to world power, has sought to do the following impacting on the security of neighboring lands and thus threatening the regional stability and sustainability of the whole East Asia and ASEAN region:

1/ It has through a series of dams and levees and possible underground diversion schemes tried to secure for itself water resources and hydroelectric power at the expense of its neighbors and downstream countries. This has happened in the upper reaches of the Mekong River, affecting riverside countries like Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam, while plans are proceeding apace with schemes of diverting water from the upper Brahmaputra, affecting severely the lower reaches of this river in India.

2/ It has since the 1950’s laid claim (as China’s territorial waters) to a so-called dragon’s tongue, or U-shaped, area affecting about 80 percent of the South China Sea. In this way, it not only infringed upon the sovereign rights of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, it also seeks to control the vital sea lanes going through that body of international water, which could threaten the economic viability of Japan, Korea and even Taiwan.

3/ In its drive to dominate the South China Sea, China has invaded the Paracel Islands belonging to Vietnam (January 1974) and parts of the Spratly Islands belonging to Vietnam (March 1988) and the Philippines. In the meantime, it has beefed up its navy with submarines and destroyers and eventually even aircraft carriers in an attempt to rival the U.S. Navy by 2025 or even earlier. These developments are so worrisome that Senator James Webb recently had to organize a hearing in the U.S. Senate to discuss the issue. And this explains also his current visit to the area.

4/ The control that Beijing is tightening on the Myanmar military junta and Vietnamese communist party is slowly transforming these two countries into China’s satellites, witness: the development of a route going through Myanmar giving Beijing access to the Indian Ocean and the series of unequal treaties that Beijing has managed to impose on Hanoi (the 1999 Border Treaty, the 2000 Treaty on the redrawing of the Gulf of Tonkin map and on fishing rights, Hanoi’s acquiescence to Chinese bauxite and uranium mining in the Central Highlands of Vietnam).

Thus, it is clear that Beijing is in the process of building a solid hegemony in the area, in the process threatening the very stability of the whole region.

This petition is signed by Asian Americans, Vietnamese Americans, communities of ASEAN members, and multiple ethnic groups of overseas Chinese requests China to immediately stop its aggressiveness and conform to the Charter of the United Nations, respecting international laws, human rights, protect the environment, stop destroying our good earth.

This petition also calls for the join forces of the United States, the European Union, ASEAN members, Asian countries such as India, Japan, Korea, to collectively emphasize the importance of a global collaboration with zero tolerance to aggressiveness and expansionism.

We respectfully submit this petition to His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to President Obama, and the United States Congress,the European Union, as well as to all of the World’s Leaders, including China, to open a direct dialogue with the Chinese Government to protect world’s peace and civilization.

Respectfully,







Young Vietnamese American ladies, Ms. My Phuong from Connecticut and Ms. Le Diep My Dung from the Vietnam Reform Party expressed concerns over Chinese aggression toward Vietnam.





Demonstrators protested Chinese authorities for killing and harrassing innocent Vietnamese fishermen who were only fishing in the body of water belongs to Vietnam.








Demonstrators protested China for invading Spratly and Paracel islands.

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