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Vietnam and China Dispute More Intense Over South China Sea Oil Rig

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 11:08 am

Peace and Freedom


Published May 10, 2014


May 4, 2014: This image made from video released by Vietnam Coast Guard shows a Chinese coast guard vessel, right, firing water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel off the coast of Vietnam.AP

Vietnamese anger toward China is running at its highest level in years after Beijing deployed an oil rig in disputed waters as naval ships from both countries engage in a tense standoff near the rig off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

The heightened tension comes less than a week after President Obama visit the region where he, in part, cultivated ties with countries in the area.

The Wall Street Journal reported that even prior to the standoff, Vietnam has been beefing up its military by investing in advanced military capabilities, with a special focus on its navy.

“Vietnam has ordered these [new capabilities] as a deterrent to…

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