Maritime

Nixed China-Vietnam Meeting Highlights Illusion of South China Sea Calm

“On Thursday, news surfaced that a China-Vietnam defense meeting had been unexpectedly canceled, reportedly due to private disagreements over the South China Sea rather than the logistical issues publicly mentioned by Chinese defense industry. If true, this would be far from surprising given the past record of saber-rattling between Beijing and Hanoi. But more broadly, it should also serve as a warning to the international community that despite Chinese attempts to downplay the South China Sea issue, Beijing’s actions could quickly help escalate tensions once again for one reason or another.”

Source: Nixed China-Vietnam Meeting Highlights Illusion of South China Sea Calm | The Diplomat

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