Anti-China sentiment flares in Vietnam protest

(From Al Jazeera)

Demonstrators marched in Vietnam’s capital on Monday to mark the 28th anniversary of a bloody naval battle with China and to denounce China’s growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea.

Anti-Chinese demonstration in Hanoi

Anti-Chinese demonstration in Hanoi

About 150 people wearing headbands and carrying large banners circled the busy streets around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake chanting “Down with invasive China”.

They laid wreaths for 64 Vietnamese sailors who died in a 1988 clash with Chinese forces in the Spratly islands.

The protest was small but significant given Vietnam’s history of preventing or breaking up demonstrations. While anti-China sentiment is strong among the public, it is a sensitive issue for the ruling Communist Party.

Police made no attempt to stop the 90-minute protest, which was larger than last year’s, including one on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hanoi in November. Read more

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