Joint Letter: Collective Action for Paracel and Spratly Islands

On January 19, 1974, the People’s Republic of China blatantly invaded Vietnam’s Paracel islands. Seventy four Republic of Vietnam Navy officers and soldiers heroically sacrificed their lives to protect the country’s sovereignty.

On March 14, 1988, China, once again, invaded and occupied six Vietnamese islands in the Spratlys. Sixty four soldiers of the Vietnamese People’s Army bravely gave their lives to safeguard the country’s sovereignty.

Since then, China has continuously increased its military expansion in the East Sea, carrying out increasingly wanton acts of aggression, causing much loss of life and property to the Vietnamese people. More recently, Beijing introduced its “Maritime Law”, which allows the Chinese Navy to open fire on Vietnamese vessels and people in waters that China unilaterally claims.

In the past decades, however, the Vietnamese communist government has not adequately worked to assert the country’s sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly Islands, regain its territorial waters, and protect the people. Moreover, Vietnamese people protesting against China’s aggression and openly condemning Beijing’s aggressive acts have been suppressed and imprisoned.

Protecting the country’s sovereignty, economic interests, and fishermen in the East Sea is the collective responsibility of all Vietnamese people. In that spirit, we call on all Vietnamese inside Vietnam and overseas to:


First, let’s strongly condemn China’s aggression on all forums so that the international community does not forget that the Paracel and Spratly Islands are being illegally occupied by Beijing. Let’s act jointly to empower the movement and strive to regain sovereignty over the sea and islands of the Vietnamese people.

Second, let’s stand with the people of free and democratic countries around the world to denounce and demand that Beijing stop its aggressive acts in the East Sea in order to protect the fishermen.

Third, let’s work together to pressure the current government of Vietnam to immediately release Vietnamese patriots who are being imprisoned for their stance against China; the Hanoi government must end the policy of preventing mass gatherings to protest against China’s aggression or to honor the sacrifices of fallen soldiers in the two battles of the Paracels and Spratlys, as well as the northern border war.

Fourth, let’s raise our voices to demand that the Hanoi government file a case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty.

China is being viewed by free and democratic countries as a threat to international security and the global order. Now is the time to undertake more concrete actions and contribute to the global effort to deter China’s expansionism and to regain Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracels and Spratlys.



Groupe d’Enseignement de la Culture Vietnamienne

Vietnamese Buddhist Church Association Brisbane

Tu Ca Xuan Diem Music Group

Republic of Vietnam Army Rangers Association / NSW, Australia

Binh Thuan Support Group / San Diego

Republic of Vietnam National Police Association / NSW, Australia

The Vietnamese Historical & Cultural Performing Arts Foundation

Free Journalists Club of Vietnam

Club of Vietnamese Artists in Germany and Europe

Vietnam Path Movement / UK

Vietnamese Catholic Community in Switzerland and The Kingdom of Liechtenstein

Vietnamese Community of Jacksonville, Florida

Vietnamese Community of Oregon

Federation of Vietnamese American Communities of USA

Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts

Vietnamese Community in Australia

Free Vietnamese Community / Ottawa, Canada

Vietnamese Community in Australia / Queensland Chapter

Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter

Vietnamese Community in Australia / WA chapter 

Vietnamese Community in Australia / NSW Chapter

Vietnamese Refugee Community of Los Angeles County

Vietnamese Community of San Diego 

Vietnamese Community in Liege

Free Vietnamese Community in Hawaii

Association of Vietnamese Political Refugees / Netherlands 

Justice for Formosa’s Victims

Thu Duc Military Academy Cadets Alumni Association / NSW

Radio VNR2 / Sydney / NSW


TNT Houston Media Corp.

Tan Dai Viet Party, Australia

Viet Tan

Phan Boi Chau Youth Group

Phan Boi Chau Youth Group / Toronto

Republic of Vietnam Marine / NSW, Australia

Republic of Vietnam Airborne Family / Bergen, Norway

Vietnamese Veterans Family / Netherlands 

Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish / Diocese of St.Petersburg, FL

Republic of Vietnam National Police Next Generations / NSW

Republic of Vietnam Next Generations Organization

Vietnamese Association in Japan

Vietnamese Media in Australia

Former Political Prisoners Association / East Bay Area

Former Vietnamese Air Force Association / Louisiana

Former Vietnamese Air Force Association / PE – NJ – DE

Republic of Vietnam Air Force Veterans Association / WA

Vietnamese Seniors Association / Hawaii

Vietnamese Association in Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Brotherhood For Democracy 

Brotherhood For Democracy in UK

Den Vietnamesiske Tradisjonsforening / Moss, Norge

Vietnamese Cultural Society

Support Group for VCA / NSW, Australia

Vietnamese Professionals Society / Belgium

Vietnamese Professionals Society / Germany

Former Vietnamese National Police Association / New England

Republic of Vietnam Veterans Association / Ontario

Former Cadets of Dalat Political War College Association / N.E., USA

Republic of Vietnam Military Officers Alumni Association / N. Eng.

Thu Duc Military Academy Cadets Alumni Association / QLD

Thu Duc Military Academy Cadets Alumni Association / WA

Former Political Prisoners Ai Tu Binh Dien Association / N. California

King Hung Oversea Foundation

Hoi Den Hung Foundation / San Diego 

Republic of Vietnam Merchant Marine / San Diego

Vietnamese Artists Association/ Hawaii

Vietnamese Senior Association in San Joaquin County 

VF Hjørring

Vietnamese Association of Jacksonville

Vietnamese Association in Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge

Association des Vietnamiens de Lausanne – Suisse 

The Vietnamese American National Group / Washington D.C

Vietnamese Refugees Association in Mannheim and Surrounding Area

Vietnamiens Libres en Belgique 

Vietnamese Association in Denmark

Association of Vietnamese Refugees / Krefeld, Germany

Association of Vietnamese Refugees / Recklinghausen, Germany

Vietnamese Refugee Organization / Stavanger, Norway 

Vietnamese Political Refugees Association / Bremen

Association of Vietnamese Refugees in Hamburg, Germany

Association of Vietnamese Refugees in Mönchengladbach, Germany

Association of Vietnamese Refugees in Nuremberg, Germany

Artillery Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

Vietnamese American Women Association (VAWA)

Vietnamese Women Association / Oakland

Vietnamese Australian Students Association QLD Inc.

Association of Young Vietnamese in France

Vietnamese Culture and History Association in Norway

Bloc 8406

Republic of Vietnam Air Force Association / NSW, Úc Châu

Former Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association / Houston

Vietnamese Former Political Prisoners Association / Stockton

Association of Former Vietnamese Political Prisoners in Hawaii

Republic of Vietnam Air Cadet Promo 73F / Virginia

Vietnamese Culture Association 

Veterans Association / San Diego

Former Vietnam Armed Forces Alliance / Northern California 

Vietnam Democracy Federation

Vietnam Human Rights Network

Gia Dinh Origin Magazine / Florida

Vietnam House / Berlin, Germany

Liberal Publishing House

Former Prisoners Ky Son – Tien Lanh Group

Rogaland for Human Rights in Vietnam

VT-Club / Houston

TNT Radio

TNT Radio / Sacramento

TNT Radio / Vancouver, Canada

Saigon Broadcasting Television Network – SBTN

SBTN / Sydney, Australia

Republic of Vietnam Air Cadet Promo 73F / Germany

Amitiés Belgique – Vietnam

Thiên Long Bình Minh Florida TiVo Media

The Vietnamese Youth Group

Organization of Activities for Vietnamese Refugees in Germany

Association Générale des Etudiants Vietnamiens de Paris

Federation of Vietnamese Labor Unions Overseas

Vietnamese Martial Art Vovinam Dallas Center 

Music & Arts School / NSW, Australia

The Vietnamese Ethnic School in Queensland INC

VanLang Vietnamese Language School of Stockton

Committee To Protect Ancestral Homeland

Support Committee for Vietnam in Denmark

Community Ceremonial Committee of Southern California Region

King Hung’s Shrine Committee

Committee to Support Vietnam’s Human Rights & Democracy Movement / Toronto

Freedom and Democracy For Vietnam Committee

Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking


Vietnamese Nationalist Party / Western Australia

Vietnamese Community in Australia Youth Group

VNAF 73F San Jose

VoViNam Connection