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CHINA - US – VIETNAM
War of words between Beijing and Washington over South China Sea
Beijing summons the US Embassy's deputy head of mission to protest US "manipulation" of the facts and "interference" in China's affairs. A few days ago, US officials had criticised China's decision to set up a military garrison on the Paracel Islands. Hanoi arrests 50 demonstrators for protesting against Chinese "imperialism".
28/06/2012 ASIA - UNITED STATES
South China Sea, tension between Manila, Hanoi and Beijing. A code of conduct useless
By July a new draft of the code should regulate territorial claims in the Asian-Pacific area. But according to experts it will be ineffective. A Vietnamese scholar urges ASEAN countries to form a common front in opposition to China. Beijing continues its "imperialist" policy in the area.
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.
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.
09/11/2010 CHINA – UNITED STATES
Sino-US tensions rise on the eve of G20 summit
China criticises US monetary policy, which it deems inflationary and of no use to solve domestic US problems. It calls for a stable exchange for the US dollar, as the world’s reference currency. Sino-US confrontation is up, ranging from economic to military issues.
15/06/2011 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.
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