Wednesday, January 19, 2011

VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FACILITATE THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN SEA CODE OF CONDUCT

For Immediate Release
January 19,2011
Contact: Genie Nguyen
Phone: 703-593-7182
Voice.vietnameseamericans26@gmail.com


VOICE OF VIETNAMESE AMERICANS
URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FACILITATE
THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN SEA CODE OF CONDUCT



Washington D.C: This Wednesday January 19, 2011, Voice of Vietnamese Americans salutes China President Hu Jintao on his third State Visit to the United States of America. President Obama has graciously extended the United States friendship hand with hope that China will reciprocate with an open fist and a warm handshake. Voice of Vietnamese Americans respectfully requests both Presidents to take this opportunity to secure a Code of Conduct over multi issues in the Southeast Asian Sea.

“A code of conduct is urgently needed between Beijing and southeast Asian nations to prevent conflict in the Southeast Asian Sea”, was the assessment offered by the Honorable Marty Natalegawa, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, on Monday January 17.

In 1974, China attacked and invaded the Paracel islands, then belonged to the Republic of Vietnam. Since then, multiple territorial disputes with many other ASEAN members, including Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan, with China’s increasing assertiveness in the region has raised tensions and concerns to the global stability.

Freedom of navigation through the Southeast Asian Sea is of utmost importance to global trading and security. Sovereignty of ASEAN members and welfare of fishermen in the region are of highest priorities to all Southeast Asian countries. During the last few decades, China has abused its power as the single most dominant force in Asia to impose pressure on each small Southeast Asian nation. Voice of Vietnamese Americans condemns this bullying attitude, and strongly urges China to lift itself to fit the ideal of a worthy leader as President Hu exchanges handshake with President Obama in Washington D.C.

Part of the ASEAN Declaration in 1967 stated: “CONSIDERING that the countries of Southeast Asia share a primary responsibility for strengthening the economic and social stability of the region and ensuring their peaceful and progressive national development, and that they are determined to ensure their stability and security from external interference in any form or manifestation in order to preserve their national identities in accordance with the ideals and aspirations of their peoples.” Voice of Vietnamese Americans applauds the above principles and urges President Hu to honor the solidarity of ASEAN, to discuss the Southeast Asian Sea Code of Conduct with ASEAN as a group, not with each country separately.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans urges that a Southeast Asian Sea Code of Conduct between China and ASEAN members be facilitated by the United States during this special visit between President Obama and President Hu Jintao.

Never before such Trans Pacific Partnerships emerged as an opportunity for an international collaboration that would place world peace and prosperity in real time and real possibilities. Voice of Vietnamese Americans respectfully congratulates President Obama and President Hu and wishes the summit a very successful outcome.


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