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February 17, 1979: The Start of the Sino-Vietnamese Border War

February 17, 1979: The Start of the Sino-Vietnamese Border War
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What happened? On this day in 1979 [https://thediplomat.com/2017/02/the-bitter-legacy-of-the-1979-china-vietnam-war/] , [1] hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops poured across Vietnam’s northern border launching a bloody invasion of its ideological bedfellow. The conflict lasted for nearly a month, from February 17 to March 1979. While Chinese troops

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January 19, 1974: The Paracels Maritime Battle

January 19, 1974: The Paracels Maritime Battle
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What happened? On this day, in 1974, Chinese and then-Republic of Vietnam (RVN) navies clashed [https://thediplomat.com/2014/01/lessons-from-the-battle-of-the-paracel-islands/] [1] with one another in close-proximity maneuvers off the islands of the Paracel archipelago. The incident happened after the South Vietnamese army discovered the presence of the Chinese

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December 4, 2014: Ho Duy Hai’s Execution Halted

December 4, 2014: Ho Duy Hai’s Execution Halted
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On this day, seven years ago, the execution of death-row inmate Ho Duy Hai was temporarily suspended [https://www.rfa.org/vietnamese/news/vietnamnews/death-sentence-f-hoduyhai-reprieved-12042014093548.html] by the People’s Court of Long An Province. The deputy judge of the provincial People’s Court, Le Quang Hung, signed the decision

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October 15, 2008: Two Journalists Worked For State-Owned Media Sentenced After Exposing Major Corruption

October 15, 2008: Two Journalists Worked For State-Owned Media Sentenced After Exposing Major Corruption
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October 9, 2009: Six Peaceful Activists Sentenced For Pro-Democracy Activities

October 9, 2009: Six Peaceful Activists Sentenced For Pro-Democracy Activities
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What happened? On this day, 12 years ago, a group of six democracy activists was sentenced to prison, with sentences ranging from two years to six years in prison, in addition to various months or years of house arrest. Their sentences prompted criticism from many international organizations, such as Human

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July 24, 2012: China Establishes Sansha City, Intensifying The Maritime Conflict With Vietnam

July 24, 2012: China Establishes Sansha City, Intensifying The Maritime Conflict With Vietnam
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What happened? On July 24, 2012, China established a prefecture-level city called Sansha City (in Vietnamese: Thành phố Tam Sa) under Hainan Province, the most important strategic location [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/aspp.12495] for China to push territorial claims in the South China Sea [1]

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June 21, 1925: Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day

June 21, 1925: Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day
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What is this day about? Almost a century ago, a newspaper called Thanh Nien published its first issue [https://baotintuc.vn/infographics/nhung-moc-son-cua-nen-bao-chi-cach-mang-viet-nam-20210621071016833.htm] [1]. Prior to the existence of Thanh Nien, other newspapers were existing in Vietnam. But Thanh Nien was not just any newspaper. It was a newspaper

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June 16, 1954: Ngo Dinh Diem Appointed Prime Minister Of The State Of Vietnam

June 16, 1954: Ngo Dinh Diem Appointed Prime Minister Of The State Of Vietnam
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The “On This Day” series introduces contemporary Vietnamese history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by explaining political events that occurred today in the past. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What happened? On this day, 67 years ago, Ngo Dinh Diem was tapped to be the prime minister of the State of Vietnam. His

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