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China, Vietnam face looming standoff over oil rig in South China Sea

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

Global News

WATCH: (May 10, 2014) Beijing has demanded that Vietnam withdraw ships from around a Chinese drilling rig, the latest volley in an escalating standoff over parts of the South China Sea.

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnamese anger toward China is running at its highest level in years after Beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed waters. That’s posing a tricky question for Vietnam’s leaders: To what extent should they allow public protests that could morph into those against their own authoritarian rule?

At one level, the ruling Communist Party would like to harness the anger on the street to amplify its own indignation against China and garner international sympathy as naval ships from both countries engage in a tense standoff near the rig off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

But Vietnam’s government instinctively distrusts public gatherings of any sort, much less ones that risk posing a threat to public…

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