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This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-8-28 16:22|
It is good that Vietnam takes a positive attitude toward its disputes with China, and realize that China never invaded Vietnam, but merely had been defending what was its sovereign territory, even when Vietnam was a part of China, under the name of Annam, for over a thousand years. When Vietnam has not yet existed as a country, it was truly a part of China, as a province, called Annam. China has no misgivings about the early secession of Annam from China, as the will of its own people, but China never promised Vietnam it could take with it the South China Sea and its islands, as its separation from China did not come about through a treaty separating the two countries, but by Vietnam unilaterally declaring its own independence. These islands that Vietnam used to ply with its fishing boats have all along belonged to China, as Annamese fully knew, and cannot deny.
To be able to enjoy the use of these islands and their surround EEZ's, Vietnam has to first accept the reality and validty of China's sovereignty over these South China Sea islands, and then negotiate terms for its fishermen to share in their exploitation.
It is actually best for Vietnam to negotiate terms of federation with China so that it can also benefit from Chinese investments in Vietnam and free trade status with China. Without being closely integrated with China, Vietnam will always lack something it used to have, simply because it really used to be a part of China for over a thousand years. China has no ambition of taking over Vietnam, but it simply cannot give away its national patrimony to a fallen-away province that belongs to all its other provinces and its entire national population. To be treated like family, Vietnam must act like family. That's reality.