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Vietnam anti-China activists mark 1979 border war

Published on Feb 16, 2014 2:26 PM
 
Anti-China protesters places white roses at a temple during an unofficial rally marking the 35th anniversary of the border war with China in downtown Hanoi on Feb 16, 2014. Vietnamese activists on Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of a bloody border war with China, chanting slogans, patriotic songs and laying flowers at a temple in central Hanoi. -- PHOTO: AFP 

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnamese activists on Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of a bloody border war with China, chanting slogans, patriotic songs and laying flowers at a temple in central Hanoi.

The two communist countries are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the Paracel and Spratly islands, and often trade diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights in the contested waters.

Beijing's increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea has stoked public anger in Vietnam and given way to rare protests in the authoritarian country - which are sometimes allowed to go ahead and other times forcefully broken up.

China invaded Vietnam's northernmost provinces in February 1979, angered by Vietnam's ouster of the Beijing-backed Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.

 
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