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Vietnamese authorities have allowed another anti-China demonstration, as tension heightens between the two communist neighbors over the recent territory clash in the South China Sea. This is the fourth public protest—an occurrence that seldom happens in Vietnam. Here's more.
Protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi for a fourth consecutive Sunday—over an ongoing dispute regarding islands in the South China Sea. The Spratly and Paracel islands are known to be rich in oil and gas.
Public demonstrations in communist Vietnam are rare, however this has the support of authorities.
Police mingled with the crowd and directed the protesters to move along.
The protesters sang wartime patriotic songs and chanted "Protect Vietnamese People" and "Down with Invasive China!" Some of them carried Vietnamese flags and posters with Vietnamese slogans as they marched along peacefully.
One protester says the demonstration reflects the mind and will of the Vietnamese people.
[Quoc Dat, Protester]:
"I can see that Hanoians are very concerned at a time like this, a time when China is continuously and aggressively expanding in East sea (the South China sea), a time when the international community urges China to respect the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was signed in 1982."
For others, peace was all that was on their mind.
[Nguyen Thi Thu Lanh, Protester]:
"The message we are trying to get out today is just like all the other times: We urge China to keep peace on East Sea (the South China sea) and stay true to the agreements they had signed with Vietnam and other neighboring countries."
On Sunday, Vietnamese and Chinese authorities pledged to resolve the dispute through peaceful negotiations.