In Vietnam, distrust of government’s China policy fuels protests

MANILA- Wednesday, June 20, 2018-According to the report, “Protests by thousands of people in cities across Vietnam are showing just how easy it is to unite public opinion and mobilize dissent when an issue has one key ingredient”.

On Sunday, all the demonstration which were summed as technically illegal, ‘sprung up again for a second consecutive week, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for foreigners would be beachheads for an invasion of Chinese businesses’.

China is ready to enlarge its militarization and construction in the Spratly and Paracel islands reported by Vietnam, and in March pressured Hanoi to suspend some major offshore oil drilling for the second time in the space of a year.

The proposal does not include any reference to China. However, from the political point of view Vietnamese minds which recently started with popular Facebook posts forming the conclusion that Chinese interests are influencing and enforcing state policy.

Central, already being indulged to issue the combustible mix of generations of anger over perceived.

A Southeast Asia specialist at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Murray Hiebert, said: “The government underestimated the amount of anti-China sentiment in the country”. He also added, “There’s a constant undertone among many in Vietnam that the government isn’t doing enough to protect the country’s sovereignty against China”.

After protests spread in all cities nationwide, last week the National Assembly postponed its vote on the economic zones till October.

On Sunday, it was confirmed that Security was forced to be tightened to prevent protests in major cities, but thousands still gathered in central Ha Tinh province, many with signs saying “No leasing land to Chinese communists for even one day.”  He also added, “Tensions are likely to persist as long as China pushes its Belt and Road initiative to advance its overseas business, and takes stronger action to fortify its claims over almost the entire South China Sea”.

by Sawan Kumar on June 20, 2018

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