» 06/15/2011, 00.00
CHINA – VIETNAM
South China Sea: Beijing excludes the use of force, but warns US
Beijing tries to reduce tensions with Vietnam and the Philippines, urging them “to do more” for “peace and stability”. It also wants issues to be settled through bilateral talks. Hanoi prefers instead a “multilateral” approach, whilst Manila calls for US help. China warns that “internationalising” the issue will make matters worse.
13/06/2011 VIETNAM – CHINA
South China Sea: Beijing slams Vietnamese naval drill
Vietnam started a nine-hour live naval drill in the morning; a second one is set for the evening. No missiles will be used. For Hanoi, the action is a routine annual exercise, but Chinese media see it as a military challenge against Beijing. In Vietnam, more protests are held against Chinese claims to the Spratly and Paracel Islands.
14/06/2011 VIETNAM – UNITED STATES
South China Sea: Hanoi and Washington to hold joint naval drill
Tensions are rising between China and Vietnam. Chinese analysts urge their government to flex its muscles. Vietnamese PM issues call-up decree in case of war. The last conflict between the two nations goes back to 1979.
South China Sea: Beijing close to a deal with Hanoi but far from Manila
China and Vietnam agree to “peaceful measures” to settle their border dispute through cooperation and bilateral relations. Tensions between Beijing and Manila are up as China threatens the Philippines after Manila builds a military structure on one of the Spratly Islands.
07/05/2010 CHINA – JAPAN – VIETNAM
Tokyo and Hanoi to challenge Chinese sovereignty in the East/South East China Sea
Japan lodges a formal protest with China because one of ships threateningly approached a Japanese vessel. Vietnam complains about a unilateral fishing ban imposed by China in a disputed area also claimed by Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.
30/05/2011 VIETNAM – CHINA
Tensions between Beijing and Hanoi rise over maritime borders
The Vietnamese government accuses China of fuelling regional tensions. A Chinese ship cuts the cables of a Vietnamese ship. Beijing rejects the charges, claiming instead that its jurisdictional rights have been violated. Anger is growing in Vietnam over Chinese greed.
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