Vietnam anti-China activists mark Paracels defeat
HANOI (AFP) - Activists chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers on Sunday at a protest in Hanoi marking the 40th anniversary of the Chinese invasion of contested islands in the South China Sea.
In 1974, as US troops withdrew from Vietnam, China invaded the Paracel Islands, which were held by the US-backed South Vietnamese regime.
More than 70 Vietnamese soldiers died during the invasion and China has controlled the island chain ever since.
The two countries are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the Paracel and Spratly islands, which both claim, and often trade diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights in the contested waters.