Speeach at Trocadero Esplanade, Paris on the 24th June 2011
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are here today, at the Trocadero Esplanade, solemnly named Droits de l’homme, or Esplanade of Human Rights, to demonstrate peacefully and firmly against the recent attacks carried out by the Chinese government in Vietnamese waters.
On the 26th of May 2011, three armed Chinese patrol vessels deliberately cut the cables of Binh Minh II, a Vietnamese survey ship.
Although Vietnam government and people have strongly protested against this action, on the 9th of June, armed Chinese vessels continued to attack another survey ship of Vietnam, the Viking II.
These events occurred within the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam. They violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and international law, specifically the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 82), ratified by many countries including China and Vietnam.
These illegal actions of China have revealed China’s ambition to establish its control in all the Sea of South East Asia. In 1974, China used force to invade Hoang Sa (Paracels) and in 1988, part of Truong Sa (Spratlys). In recent years, the Chinese naval forces have often assaulted, shot at and robbed Vietnamese fishermen.
Their ambition is shown clearly in the so-called U shaped line map — a map that China have invented themselves, disregarding all international laws, to claim for themselves most of the Sea of South East Asia, encroaching on the exclusive economic zones Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Vietnamese and all others who are eager for peace, truth and equality.
Let us come to take part in this peaceful demonstration. Let us send to China a message, that although our countries are small in size, our conviction in laws and justice is not.
No, we cannot keep silent while China continuously violates our waters and threatens the livelihood of our people.
No, we cannot keep silent while China defies international law.
Let us all do it together, because the violation of international law by China, if not stopped right now, will have no limit. Today, it is in South East Asia, tomorrow it will be in all of Asia, in Europe, and all over the world.
We must act together! Let us stand up for the right and justice for the Sea of South East Asia.