Sam Bateman and Zhang Hongzhou, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Fishing incidents have emerged as a major threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea. Incidents involving fishing vessels and maritime law enforcement vessels occur regularly — sometimes with serious consequences.
Trong in particular is viewed as being close to China. But a series of standoffs with China in nearby waters, including areas known to be rich in oil and gas, has driven the strategic recalibration towards the US.
Those sea showdowns intensified in mid, when China deployed a massive oil exploration rig, known as the Haiyang Shiyouin Vietnamese claimed waters.
Then US Pacific Commander Admiral Samuel Locklear, however, suggested at the time that the two sides work to develop a deeper strategic partnership to extend what was then only mild military cooperation, hindered largely by a lethal arms embargo held over from the Vietnam War.
Those US overtures were by and large ignored, however. Meanwhile, Party leader Trong, known for his close ideological ties and open lines to China, reportedly called Chinese President Xi Jinping nearly 20 times to speak about the tensions around the oil rig but the Chinese leader apparently declined to receive his calls.
Angry nationalistic protestors later targeted Chinese interests in the country, including in industrial areas, forcing Beijing to evacuate hundreds of its nationals.
Chinese ships intensified their provocations and even shot at Vietnamese fishing boats in the area. Despite years of diplomatic warming, often spearheaded by McCain himself, Vietnam had until then held onto the family letters. But there is much more at stake for Vietnam in gravitating toward the US than war era reconciliation.
Some industry analysts have estimated Vietnam may run out of oil reserves altogether as early asthe year Vietnam will hold its next five yearly Communist Party Congress.
To many in the Party, China threatens to make that dire fiscal situation worse. According to international media reports, China had threatened to attack Vietnamese military outposts in the Spratly Islands if Respol continued its exploration activities.
The off-shore field, known in Vietnamese as Ca Voi Xanh, is estimated to hold reserves of anywhere between 85 to billion cubic feet of gas reserves.
The companies have announced they expect to produce the first gas for power generation by Tensions are already brewing in the area.
In a media interview, Deputy Defense Minister Vinh neither confirmed nor denied the test launches occurred. What is clear is that the US and Vietnamese defense establishments are keen to develop deeper strategic ties, including via more naval exchanges, small weapons sales and the future establishment of a joint military drill mechanism.Welcome to UNODC South Eastern Europe What's New?
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