May 20, 2014

The Battle for the South China Sea

Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

The Associated Press

Furious mobs fire-bombed Chinese-owned factories in Vietnam in retaliation for China placing an oil rig in what Vietnam claims are its territorial waters. Hanoi is cracking down on “hooligans” and even peaceful demonstrations, but Beijing still decided to evacuate thousands of its citizens.

Earlier this month the Vietnamese and Chinese navies squared off with each other in the South China Sea over the very same issue.

This is just the beginning of what could be a very long conflict.

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TAGGED: South China Sea, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea

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