Many delegates at the General Council Meeting of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) conference held in Hanoi on Wednesday voiced their opposition against China for illegally dispatching its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 to Vietnam’s waters since May 1.
Dalfino Hoster Guila, a Mozambique citizen who is deputy chairman of WFDY, said one of the objectives of WFDY’s operations is to fight imperialism, so WFDY must oppose expansionism of large countries no matter whether they are members of the organization or not.
“We protest China’s act and are very concerned about the fact that a large country infringed a smaller one,” Guila said about the current tension in the East Vietnam Sea.
With the same view, Jacob Peresso, from the Socialist Youth Organization of the U.S., also said it is unacceptable for a big country like China to bully a small nation like Vietnam.
He added that China’s act is a sign of imperialism.
Annalucia Vermunt, a member of Young Socialists in New Zealand, considered China’s oil rig deployment a bellicose act that has caused instability in the East Vietnam Sea.
She also said the fact that two Chinese vessels rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat several days ago was an aggressive act.
“We, the delegates coming from New Zealand, support the Vietnamese people in their ongoing struggle for protecting their territorial sovereignty,” she said. “We oppose China increasing their provocative acts against Vietnam.”
She proposed that the conference issue a specific statement denouncing China’s violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.
Meanwhile, Yoniasky Crespo Baquero, the first secretary of Cuba’s Communist Youth Union, said that the East Vietnam Sea issues raised by the Vietnamese side at the conference should be included in the conference’s report.
Speaking at the event, Nguyen Dac Vinh, the first secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, affirmed that the union and young Vietnamese people love peace, respect peace, and thus will act for peace.
He called on the event’s participants as well as young people all over the world to show solidarity with Vietnamese youth and people in general, voice their protest against China’s violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, and give support to Vietnam’s struggle for the protection of its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On the same day, the Vietnam Student Association issued a statement protesting China’s infringement upon Vietnam’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the East Vietnam Sea and demanding that China remove the rig from the Vietnamese waters immediately.
On May 27, the Chinese platform was moved to a new location, at 15°33’38’’ North latitude and 111°34’62’’ East longitude, about 25 nautical miles east-southeast of Tri Ton Island, part of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea.
Like its former location, the new venue of the rig is still within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, the Vietnam Coast Guard said.