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crimson red #Anemones seen at #TheFlowerCartSF getting ready for #Valentines

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Because I swam for over an hour today. And because I enjoy the smell of freshly baked stuff in the middle of the night. Presenting: the overstuffed, tight jeans banana muffin!
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I am appalled by such pro-war, hateful comments under this article. They are utterly counterproductive in helping to solve the conflicts. While the recent violent incidents in Binh Duong and Vung Ang were unfortunately caused by a few individuals, they do not represent the sentiments of the vast majority of people all over Vietnam towards the Chinese, Hongkongese or Taiwanese. Most of us are peace-loving people who well understand that a country's government and its people are different entities, and that though sharing the same language, China is different from Hong Kong and Taiwan in most other regards. While we protest the Chinese government for blatantly infringing international laws and violating the sovereignty of our country, we hold no negativity towards the Chinese or Chinese-speaking people. We have always welcomed the opportunities to work with colleagues and friends from these countries and regions, and appreciate the investments which have helped us create jobs and contribute to our economic growth.

In times of heightened conflicts, it is important that we all remain calm, embrace more understanding of each other, rather than breeding more misunderstanding and creating unnecessary violence. If you care about this situation, please read a bit about the historical events surrounding the Spratly and Paracel islands, and voice your unbiased, informed opinion here or in the comments of the Economist's article. 

Some further information to put into context the tensions going on offshore Vietnam: 

China's claims are deeply rooted in their proclamation of sovereignty on Paracel Islands, taken from South Vietnam by Chinese force in 1974. Modern conflicts between Vietnam and China peaked in the 1-month Chinese invasion of Vietnam's northern provinces in 1979, in which reportedly 20,000 soldiers died from each side, and 10,000 Vietnamese civilians were killed, in many cases atrociously. Before the two countries normalized their relations in 1990, China had attacked Vietnamese positions in the Spratly Islands several times, especially in 1984 and 1988, killed most of the lightly-armed Vietnamese soldiers and occupied a few islands that are now the basis for their naval territorial claims to most of the South China Sea. Vietnam's navy did not respond.

In recent years, in response to the escalation of China's claims, several large, independent popular movements in Vietnam have attracted numerous enthusiastic followers, but their organization of open anti-China demonstrations have been repeatedly restrained by the Vietnamese government, for fear of obstructing diplomatic measures with a big neighboring regime that also shares their notional ideology.

Meanwhile, trade between the two countries is growing fast. Since 2001 Vietnam has always had a negative balance of trade with China, exporting natural resources and raw materials, and importing practically everything, with a large share of investment goods.

At least historically, the notion of territorial sovereignty and integrity is a strikingly convincing concept in the Vietnamese culture (which otherwise shares much with the Chinese culture), and seems to be a major determinant and driver of collective actions along its history. As a result, personal sacrifices for this cause, even without any promise of the afterlife, are widely considered natural.
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