By Tom Bannister
Anti-China protests have taken place in two Vietnamese cities over the weekend. Although both countries are theoretically communist-brothers, the last war China fought was against Vietnam (in 1979) and many Vietnamese remain wary of their huge neighbour to the north. Long-running border disputes between the two countries have flared up recently: China recently issued passports that included disputed territory on it, and last week both countries accused each other’s navies of harassing merchant ships. The Guardian reports:
As foreign tourists and Sunday morning strollers looked on, protesters shouted “Down with China!” and carried banners bearing the slogan “China’s military expansion threatens world peace and security.”
Using loudspeakers, authorities urged them to disperse and tried to reassure them.
“The Communist party and government are resolutely determined to defend our country’s sovereignty and territory through peaceful means based on international law,” it said. “Your gathering causes disorder and affects the party’s and government’s foreign policy.”