Sixty-six Vietnamese from various backgrounds and fields, supported the Philippines’ claim on the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and called on China to abandon its “absurd marital claim” on the area.
The group, which include well-known intellectuals and academicians in Vietnam and overseas, sent a letter to Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Jerril Galban Santos to express their support for the Philippines in the standoff with China.
Among the signatories are a former Vietnamese ambassador to China, several heads of tertiary institutions, poets and social scientists.
His Excellency Jerril Galban Santos,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of The Philippines to Vietnam,
27B Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
We have closely followed the events at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the waters known as the West Philippines Sea in the Philippines and the East Sea in Vietnam. We are concerned that events, largely caused by the Chinese Government’s behavior, have escalated to a dangerous level. We wish to convey following messages to you and to the people of the Philippines:
1. We fully support the sovereign rights of the Philippines in the Panatag Shoal area and the Philippines’s actions to defend her sovereign rights.
2. We resolutely oppose China’s attempts to use its “nine-dashed line”, which is completely without historical or legal basis, to encroach on the Exclusive Economic Zones and continental shelves of the Philippines, Vietnam and other ASEAN countries. We strongly oppose China’s illegal actions and threats of force in the Panatag Shoal dispute.
3. We support the Philippines’ proposal to submit the dispute at Panatag Shoal to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). We support the statement by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on 25 April 2012 expressing hopes that “both sides will restrain themselves and settle peacefully the issue in compliance with international law, in particular the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).”
4. We call on the governments and citizens of all ASEAN countries to take concrete actions to show solidarity with the Philippines, to assist her in the defense of her sovereign rights in the Panatag Shoal area, and to defend the sovereign rights of each and every ASEAN country as affirmed in UNCLOS.
5. We solemnly declare that China’s illegal “nine-dashed line” constitutes a threat to peaceful cooperation and sustainable development in Southeast Asia. To re-establish stability and ensure freedom of navigation in the West Philippines Sea/East Sea, we demand that China gives up its absurd maritime claims in these waters.
The just cause of the government and people of the Philippines will prevail.
Peace and Philippine sovereign rights for the Panatag Shoal area!
1. Major-General Nguyen Trong Vinh, Former Ambassador of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam to PR China, Ha Noi,Vietnam.
2. Prof. Nguyen Minh Thuyet, PhD, Former Vice-President, The Committee for Culture, Education and Youth, National Assembly, The Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
3. Nguyen Ngoc, Writer, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
4. Bui Ngoc Tan, Writer, Hai Phong, Vietnam.
5. Thanh Thao, Poet, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam.
6. Prof. Pham Duy Hien, PhD, Former Director, Da Lat Institute of Atom, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
7. Prof. Nguyen Hue Chi, Former President of Scientific Committee, Institute of Vietnamese Literature, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
8. Pham Toan, Educator, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
9. Prof. Nguyen The Hung, PhD, University of Da Nang, Vice President, Vietnamese Association of Hydromechanics, Da Nang, Vietnam.
10. Prof. Chu Hao, Director, Tri Thuc Publisher, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
11. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Nguyen, PhD, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia.
12. Assoc. Prof. Hoang Dung, PhD, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
13. Pham Xuan Nguyen, President, Association of Ha Noi Writers, Vietnam.
14. Nguyen Ba Dung, Engineer, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
15. Pham Hoang Quan, Independent Researcher, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
16. Hoang Hung, Poet, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
17. Prof. Tuong Lai, Former President, The Institute of Sociology of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
18. Nguyen Quang A, PhD, Former President, The Institute of Development Studies, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
19. Nguyen Ngoc Giao, Former Lecturer, Free-lance Writer, Paris, France.
20. Thai Van Cau, Space Science Specialist, USA.
21. Nguyen Xuan Dien, PhD, Institute of Han-Nom, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
22. Dinh Kim Phuc, Researcher on the East Sea & Vietnamese Islands, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
23. Le Dang Doanh, PhD, Former Director, Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM), Ha Noi, Vietnam.
24. Prof. Hoang Tuy, PhD, Former President, Scientific Committee of Vietnam Institute of Mathematics, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
25. Prof. Emeritus Nguyen Dang Hung, PhD, University of Liege, Belgium.
26. To Van Truong, PhD, Specialist of Vietnamese Natural Resources and Environment, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
27. Ha Si Phu, PhD, Da Lat City, Vietnam.
28. Dang Thi Thanh Bien, Retired, Da Lat City, Vietnam.
29. Phan Dac Lu, Poet, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
30. Mac Lam, Journalist, USA.
31. Mai Thai Linh, Former Teacher, Researcher, Da Lat City, Vietnam.
32. Huynh Nhat Hai, Former Official, Retired, Da Lat City, Vietnam.
33. Huynh Nhat Tan, Former Official, Retired, Da Lat City, Vietnam.
34. Ha Dinh Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
35. Tran Thanh Van, Engineer, Hanoi, Vietnam.
36. Assoc. Prof. Dang Ngoc Le, PhD, President, Association of Linguistics of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
37. Tran Thi Khanh, Editor, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
38. Nguyen Thi Tu Huy, PhD, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
39. Lawyer Tran Quoc Thuan, Former Permanent Vice Chairman, Office of National Assembly of the SR of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
40. Kha Luong Ngai, Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Sai Gon Giai Phong News, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
41. Cao Lap, Former Political Prisoner in Con Dao before 1975, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
42. Tran Minh Thao, Writer, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.
43. Dang Thi Hao, PhD, Former Vice Head, Section of Ancient and Mediveal Literature, Institute of Literature, Ha Noi, Vietnam
44. Vu Quang Viet, Specialist of Economics for UN, USA.
45. Prof. Nguyen Dinh Cong, PhD, Former Chair of the Construction Department, University of Construction, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
46. Nguyen Duc Hiep, Specialist of the Atmosphere, Office of Environment & Heritages, NSW, 9A Marshall Str., Bankstown NSW 2200 Australia.
47. Paulus Nguyen Thai Hop, Archbishop, Vinh Dioscese, Chairman, Committee of Justice & Peace, Vietnam.
48. Nguyen Chi Thanh Long, Beach Corporation, Vietnam.
49. Prof. Tran Van Tho, PhD, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
50. Tran Duc Que, Retired, Ha Noi, Vietnam.
51. Lawyer Ta Van Tai, Former Lecturer, Research Fellow, Harvard Law School, USA.
52. Lawyer Le Hieu Dang, Deputy Head, Services of Legal & Democratic Issues, Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front.
53. Dr. Huynh Tan Mam, PhD, Former President, Association of Students of Saigon before 1975, Former Editor-in-Chief of Thanh Nien Newspaper, Former Member, National Assembly of SR Vietnam
54. Le Cong Giau, Former General Secretary, Association of Students of Saigon before 1975, Former Director, Center for the Promotion of Investment & Trades Ho Chi Minh City (ITBC), Vietnam.
55. Nguyen Phu Yen, Composer, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
56. Ho Hieu, Former Active Member, Association of Students and Youths of Da Lat for Democracy before 1975, Former Chair, Bureau of Public Relations, Ho Chi Minh City’s Committee of Communist Party of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
57. Nghiêm Phương Mai, Biologist & Educator, Canada
58. Prof. Pham Xuan Yem, Former Director of Research on Physics, CNRS, Former Professor, University Paris VI, France.
59. Prof. Ha Duong Tuong, Former Professor, University of Technology Compiegne, France.
60. Tong Van Cong, Journalist, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
61. Mai Hien, Journalist, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
62. Prof. Do Dang Giu, Former Director of Research, CNRS, Former Professor, University Paris Sud, France.
63. Phan Hoang Oanh, PhD, Lecturer, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
64. Assoc. Prof. Ha Thuc Huy, College of Natural Sciences - Ho Chi Minh City National University, Vietnam.
65. Huy Duong, United Kingdom
66. Do Minh Tuan, Poet, Film-Director, Hà Nội