Vietnam PM pledges to defend sovereignty

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Vietnam is always prepared to safeguard its sovereignty under any circumstances, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told veterans of the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu at a meeting on Tuesday in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Dung stressed that the Party and the government would always honor and appreciate the contributions of military officers and veterans who fought for liberation of the Vietnamese people.

"If there were no great fights like the August Revolution, the 1954 Battle of Dien Bien Phu and Dien Bien Phu in the Air, etc. there would have been no Doi Moi (Renovation).

"Younger generations will promote that tradition as they try their best to develop the country, while making sure to protect its sacred sovereignty," Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Dung as saying.

About 20 veterans who fought in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu currently reside in Hai Phong. They shared with the Prime Minister their opinions and wishes concerning the nation's socio-economic and national security situations and on a current draft proposal that if approved, would amend Vietnam's 1992 Constitution.

In related news, Vietnam once again rejected the legitimacy of what China has been referring to as "Sansha City" and demanded that Beijing cease violating Vietnamese sovereignty and impeding the legal activities of Vietnamese fishing vessels, a representative of the National Boundary Commission said Tuesday. 

The official said that Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence which affirms its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes and validates its right to protest China's recent activities off the two sets of islands. 

China recently approved the establishment of the so-called "Sansha" radio-television and satellite television stations; and dispatched marine surveillance ships and a helicopter to patrol the Hoang Sa Islands. 

Chinese forces also used coercion to drive away two Vietnamese fishing boats that had been conducting legal fishing activities in the area. 

In the latest move, China sent a Fishery Resource and Environmental Science Survey Ship, the Nan Feng, to the waters off the Truong Sa Islands to investigate the area's fishery resources. 

The above-mentioned activities have violated Vietnam's sovereignty, said the representative of Vietnam's National Boundary Commission.

 

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