Saturday, September 1, 2012
VIET-, FIL-AMS JOIN HANDS VS CHINA AGGRESSION AT SEA
Filipino and Vietnamese Americans here have found common cause in pushing back against
belligerence in the South China Sea.
“We want to tell China that they need to observe international law but we need to do everything peacefully,” Ginie Nguyen, a spokesperson of the Viet-Am community told the Manila Mail at a prayer rally at the Martin Luther King monument last Aug. 21.
She said they are joining the Filipino-led boycott of Chinese goods.
the West Philippine Sea, China is creating problems in many places. Since we
are a small country, we want to tell them the weak, poor and small people have
ways to fight back peacefully,” she explained. East Vietnamese
About 50 Viet-Am and Fil-Am activists participated in the prayer rally. Eric Lachica, one of the convenors of the anti-China movement, said this was just the start of mass actions across the globe to protest
China’s “creeping invasion” in the South China Sea.
He said they plan to stage pickets during the visit of top Chinese government officials in
Lachica told the Manila Mail they received reports that ranking Chinese leaders
were scheduled to visit in the next few weeks. Washington DC
“We’re going to give him a warm welcome,” Lachica promised.
But the Chinese may already be a step ahead. A ranking Chinese military official flew in from
Beijing unannounced to
meet with US officials. Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the general staff of the
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was the 2nd senior Chinese military
official in visit the US in
the last 3 months.
nor the US announced Cai’s
visit. He reportedly discussed escalating tension between China and her neighbors, particularly Japan. The US
and Japan is holding a
month-long naval maneuvers in the western Pacific.
Japan-China ties have deteriorated over a territorial dispute in the
neighbors are increasingly facing the same problem. “Today is the launch of
boycott,” she averred, “we are doing this for the long term until we reach our
goal to stop violence in the South China Sea, and for China to honor the code
of conduct and observe the sovereignty of other countries.”
“Prayers are action events to get community leaders engaged,” Lachica argued.