Dear brothers and sisters,
The world obviously is fed up with China’s belligerence and lawlessness in the oceans (The East Sea, Yellow sea, East China sea and maybe a bunch of other seas including Artic Ocean). So the world powers (USA, Australia, Japan, India, French, Britain, Germany… and maybe more to come) are getting together to form an alliance to deal with China.
Vietnam is the country affected most by China’s behavior, but VN has been very quiet about it. This is probably because Vietnam has the policy of “being friends of all nations” and “whatever happens, we still need to live in peace with our neighbor China.”
What else do you think Vietnam should do now, to ensure China’s proper behavior in the East Sea?
I think Vietnam should continue the policy of “being friends of all nations” and “whatever happens, we still need to live in peace with our neighbor China.” In accordance with that spirit, we should do 3 things.
Firstly, saying “thank you” to countries of the world for paying attention to the East Sea issues.
Secondly, saying clearly that Vietnam wants to live peacefully, friendly and orderly under international laws. Vietnam expects that all nations follow international laws.
Thirdly, affirming repeatedly that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights in the East Sea, because an international court said so in 2016.
I think Vietnam should do those 3 things to ensure China’s proper behavior in the East Sea.
Have a friend day.
Phạm Thu Hương