外文标题：Vietnam anti-China activists mark 1979 border war
Hanoi (AFP) – Vietnamese activists on Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of a bloody border war with China, chanting slogans, singing patriotic songs and laying flowers at a temple in central Hanoi.
The two communist countries are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea, and often trade diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights in the contested waters.
Beijing’s increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea has triggered public anger and rare protests in authoritarian Vietnam where the demonstrations are sometimes allowed to go ahead and on other occasions forcefully broken up.
China invaded Vietnam’s northernmost provinces in February 1979, angered by Vietnam’s ouster of the Beijing-backed Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
The short but bloody conflict claimed tens of thousands of lives on both sides and ended with Chinese forces withdrawing and both Hanoi and Beijing claiming victory.
Vietnamese troops remained in Cambodia until 1989.
Although Vietnam fetes its military victories over the French and American armies, it has not arranged any official events to mark the China border war — much to the chagrin of veterans and activists.
“Vietnamese leaders may have received pressure from China, so they don’t want to talk about that war. They seem to want to deny the past,” Nguyen Trong Vinh, a former Vietnamese ambassador to China, told AFP.
China has long been one of Vietnam’s largest trading partners, state media has said, with bilateral trade at more than $40 billion in 2012.
On Sunday, around 100 activists tried to lay flowers at a statue of Ly Thai To — the founder of Hanoi and a nationalist figurehead — in the centre of the capital.
But dozens of people had been at the monument since early morning, playing loud music and dancing, which prevented the protesters from holding their planned ceremony — in what activists said was a counter protest.
“It was deliberate… they (authorities) hired many people,” economist Nguyen Quang A told AFP at the protest.
Protesters, wearing red headbands and carrying white roses with black ribbons saying “the people will never forget”, then walked around the central Hoan Kiem lake.
They laid their flowers and made brief speeches at the Ngoc Son Temple — a popular tourist destination — before peacefully dispersing.
Plain clothed and uniformed police closely monitored the event but did not make any arrests.
Nguyen Tien Gioi, who fought against the Chinese in Vietnam’s northern Lang Son, bemoaned the lack of official recognition for the conflict’s anniversary.
“My comrades and I we feel sad and angry but what can we do? We still had to fight to protect our country,” the 57-year-old told AFP.
There has been some coverage in Vietnam’s tightly controlled state media of the 35th anniversary of the China war but no reports on Sunday’s protest.
CHINA GO TO THE HELL !!!
Vietnam is more capable than they thing they are. Do not give in just because China is big. Vietnam needs a big-thinker leader!
HAHAHAHAHAHA without the backing from China, Vietnam is nothing, Vietnam was not even on the world atlas until the Vietnam war in the 60s.
Joe what are you talking about? They become a country in 938 AD. The government has changed several times and they have been occupied but their history is significantly longer than the US.
The government may try to silence these vietnamese but when push come to shove, most vietnamese will pick up arms to fight China. It’s been like that for thousands of years
Why communist Vietnam don’t want people to protest communist China ? This is proof communist government already sold the whole country , land and sea , to communist China.
This time communist China has the whole Vietnam without firing a single shot . Smart move from communist China .
crazy vietnamese has been kicking chinese, american, french, japanese #$%$ for the past 100 years.
Time has changed buddy. China just took all of VN sea. Fishermen are not allowed to fish anymore. What do they need to do next? Drill oil at your door step?
usa media is trying to stir tension between vietnamese and chinese.
apparently, usa media dont tell the public that khmer rouge was backed by usa regime to fight against vietnamese communist.
that explain why vietnamese invade cambodian after they finish the war with american
because khmer rouge betray them and works with american.
I am a Vietnamese living in the U.S. This prove my point that where you get the education from is extremely important. If you are proud of being a communist, then be one for the rest of your life. Just look at how South Korea and North Korea turn out. Look at how West and East Germany turned out after WWII. If South VN won the war, VN would not be a piece of shizzzz country. BTW, the U.S. did not loose the war. They dropped 2 bombs and the mighty Japanese military surrendered. At that time, Japan beat the hell out of China. It was a moral thing for the U.S. not to drop a big bomb on North VN.
China has modernized their military and Vietnam’s military is still using the same #$%$ airplanes and boats that existed in the 70’s. If China want to take over VN, it would be done in a week.
It seems the protests are mostly from the citizens but the govt. seems pretty quiet and amenable.
At least Vietnamese can do this kind activity without risking of being arrested like the other side. And in fact, Vietnam gained more territory after the conflict.
But they were their good buddies during the Vietnam War fighting America.
The Viet men are animals -Non of them can be trusted–Just like the [email protected]
To the Vietnamese people and its government,
Do not bend to China’s threats. If you do, you will become like Tibet and the Han Chinese will take over.
Vietnam has suffered enough. Good people, good place…
China supplied all the weaponry for North Vietnam.
Actually most of the weapons were sent by the Soviet Union, especially the advanced weapons like anti-aircraft missiles and MIGs.
Vietnam has repeatedly invaded and occupied by the Chinese for thousands of years. So the Chinese war of 1979 is just the last one of many others. The official response to the 1979 war is expected since it is the interest of the Chinese and Vietnamese to avoid having their people become even more antagonistic towards each other.
China is too kind again! They should have nuked them!