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Chinese Navy slaughtered Vietnamese sailors in the 1988 attack of Spratly/Truong Sa

Posted Dec 15 2011 1:01am
On the occasion of celebrating the Chinese Navy 60th anniversary, a short clip that was taken by the Chinese navy in 1988 has been publicized by her state media. It shows the actions of the Chinese navy in combat as the so called “resistant counter-attack” and : 64 innocent Vietnamese people were killed by anti-craft guns from Chinese warships in a few seconds. TS64deaths Chinese Navy slaughtered Vietnamese sailors in the 1988 attack of Spratly/Truong Sa

The Chinese prepared cameras for the intrusion into Spratly islands 1988 and watched for filming the scene , in case the Vietnamese fired firstly, as excuse for the reasonable justice of the invasion. But the

Transcript: Evidences of China´s Crime: The Spratly Islands Massacre 

1) With proven historical evidences and an uninterrupted possession, Vietnam has been exercising her sovereignty over the Spratly Islands in the East Vietnam Sea, which is also known as the ” South China Sea”. However, with

. Using overwhelming armed forces, the China Navy killed 64 under-equipped Vietnamese sailors, destroyed and prevented unarmed Vietnamese vessels from saving the injured.

In fact, this defending battle lasted for a few hours at three reefs nearby the island called Sin Cowe, one of the largest islands in the Spratly islands. The Spratly islands locate at a distance of over 1000 km far from the undermost Chinese coast at Hainan island and rightly belong to Vietnam for historical reasons.

2) In the early months of 1988, . The Vietnamese Navy then ferried supplies and equipment to six other reefs and atolls. They successfully gained control of them and prevented the Chinese navy from extending their occupied zone into the other islands. In early March, the High Commander of Vietnamese navy decided to defend other three reefs because they were part of the Spratly Islands and forming an open chain of reefs around the Sin Cowe island that were in control of Vietnam. However, some hours after the Vietnamese transport ships had reached the target, Despite threat from Chinese warships, the Vietnamese transport ships patiently kept anchoring beside the reefs. They were not powerful enough to confront with the Chinese navy and did not want to escalate the conflict. The Chinese, especially soldiers, are taught that the ocean area of Spratly islands with more than two hundred islands, reefs and atolls belongs to China .

The strain continued until the next morning, when They caused more provocations for the battle to break out. Standing on the reefs where the water level covered half of their bodies, They were threatened by the Chinese to retreat from the reefs. This intrusion caused strong reaction from the Vietnamese defenders to hold their flag. They determined to hold on to the reef and keep their flag flying at any cost.

who were not able to attack them from their defending positions. They also fired fiercely with 100mm gun at the three Vietnamese transport ships, two of them sank. 64 Vietnamese sailors and officers sacrificed their lives, among them, 3 corpses were found after the end of the battle,61 other persons were still missing and reputedly dead. Eventually, Vietnam defended successfully her sovereignty over two reefs on that day. China has occupied the other ones since that incident.

3) In summer 2008, a To commemorate the sacrificed officers and sailors, wreaths together with cigarettes, chewing-gums and simple objects, which every sailor used in his daily life in the past, were lowered down onto the water. Many members in the delegation were moved to tears at that time. In remembering the last moments with the fallen, the memories of their bloody comrades, who used their bodies, hand in hand, to form a wall to protect the motherland territory were appearing gradually.

Nowadays, although living under constant threat and provocation from the Chinese navy, Vietnam reaffirms continuously her sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and determinedly advocates maintaining peaceful situation in the region. ”s conspiracies to conquer the islands. In spite of daily strain caused by Chinese marine crews, All generations of Vietnamese sailors and civilians on the Spratly Islands have been becoming island-defenders of Vietnam’s motherland. In the middle of the ocean, which is 400km far from the Vietnam coast, they stand together and unite as one to protect the sea territory of their motherland.


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