Vietnam Mass Protests Expose Hanoi’s China Dilemma

June 21, 2018
The huge nationwide protests that rocked Vietnam last week have highlighted Hanoi’s headaches in dealing with China, both as a hostile power in the South China Sea and as a key trading partner and economic investor.

The history of Vietnam-China relations is steeped in a thousand years of Chinese colonization, conflict, and rebellion. The last Chinese invasion was a two-month border war in 1979.

The recent protests centered on the Special Zone Act, a law that would create “special economic zones” (SEZs) with the goal of sparking investment and economic reform. However, the prospect of dodgy deals that allegedly would have handed land over to Chinese investors provoked a flood of angry demonstrations less than two weeks ago, with protesters holding placards that read “No Special Zone — No leasing land to China — Even for one day!” and “Down with those who sell our country.” The chants started in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi but soon spread to towns in six provinces, including Danang, Nha Trang, Binh Thuan, and Tai Ninh. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam Mass Protests Expose Hanoi’s China Dilemma”

Công an VN chính thức truy tố sinh viên Mỹ William Nguyễn


Will Nguyễn. Facebook Will Nguyen
Will Nguyễn. Facebook Will Nguyen

Ngày 15/6, Công an TP.Hồ Chí Minh chính thức ra quyết định khởi tố công dân Mỹ gốc Việt William Nguyễn về hành vi “Gây rối trật tự công cộng.”

Báo Công an thành phố nói vào ngày 10/6, thanh niên Mỹ 32 tuổi “không chỉ diễu hành trên đường phố mà còn chụp ảnh, quay phim cảnh đám đông đang tụ tập, tràn xuống đường bít cả lối đi rồi đăng trên trang Facebook và Twitter cá nhân.”

Tờ báo của ngành công an nói khi đám đông biểu tình di chuyển gặp phải hàng rào của công an và dân quân tự vệ chốt chặn trên đường Nguyễn Văn Trỗi, quận Phú Nhuận, William có động thái vẫy tay kêu gọi dòng người phá hàng rào để tiếp tục tiến về trung tâm thành phố. Tiếp tục đọc “Công an VN chính thức truy tố sinh viên Mỹ William Nguyễn”

American Is Detained After Joining Protest in Vietnam

 

Protesters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Sunday held banners denouncing a proposal to create special economic zones favorable to China. Credit EPA, via Shutterstock

By Austin Ramzy,

The American, Will Nguyen, was visiting Ho Chi Minh City ahead of his graduation this summer from a master’s program at the University of Singapore, according to a statement from his family and friends.

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Vietnam protests bigger than ‘anti-China’ nationalism

Massive demonstrations against sovereignty-eroding SEZ legislation gave voice to wider grievances about the Communist Party’s repressive rule

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Vietnamese protesters shout slogans against a proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases during a demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10, 2018. Photo: AFP/Kao Nguyen

Vietnamese protesters shout slogans against a proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases during a demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10, 2018. Photo: AFP/Kao Nguyen

China warns citizens in Vietnam after protests over economic zones

China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

 
Police disperse a demonstration against a draft law on the Special Economic Zone in Hanoi, Vietnam June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Staff

HANOI: China has warned its citizens in Vietnam after protesters clashed with police over a government plan to create new economic zones for foreign investment that has fuelled anti-Chinese sentiment in the country.

More than 100 protesters were arrested and dozens of police injured at a protest in central Vietnam on Sunday, one of several demonstrations nationwide against the special economic zones opponents fear will be dominated by Chinese investors.

102 held for vandalizing gov’t office in SEZ law protest in Vietnam

By Phuoc Tuan   June 11, 2018 | 11:02 am GMT+7

102 held for vandalizing gov't office in SEZ law protest in Vietnam

Vehicles burn outside the Binh Thuan People’s Committee office on June 10. Photo by Phuoc Tuan

Officers dispersed a rowdy protest in Binh Thuan Province near midnight on Sunday.

Police in Binh Thuan Province announced that they have detained 102 people pending investigation into Sunday’s vandalism at the local government office.

“There were no casualties. But dozens of police officers were injured,” police spokesman Nguyen Van Nhieu said.

Hundreds of protestors had stormed the office of the People’s Committee in Binh Thuan on Sunday, burnt vehicles, destroyed other property and clashed with the police, authorities said.

The situation was resolved near midnight with help from forces from the Ministry of Public Security, Nhieu said.

The vandalizing of the office took place at around 8 p.m., and authorities could only watch helplessly.

A police offcer walks past burned motorbikes outside Binh Thuans Peoples Committee office on Monday. Photo by VnExpress

A police offcer walks past burned motorbikes outside Binh Thuan’s People’s Committee office on Monday. Photo by VnExpress

Earlier that night, authorities used smoke bombs and firefighting hoses to diffuse the protest after local officials could not convince the crowd to disperse, but such tactics also proved ineffective.

Nguyen Trung Truc, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of Tuy Phong District, said that traffic patrols had to direct vehicles to take detours because Highway 1A had been immobilized from the afternoon. Some of the protestors threw rocks at public vehicles.

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