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  1. Tougher action possible but war unlikely in spat

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... because Vietnam and the Philippines were not strong enough militarily, and also because China would tarnish its image of a 'peaceful rise' indelibly if it launched a war. Wu Jianmin, ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Chinese analysts are divided over the country's escalating South China Sea territorial disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines, with some ...

  2. Dispute at sea rocks the boat in Vietnam

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the mountainous northern border in early 1979, following Vietnam's occupation of Beijing-backed Cambodia to drive the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge from power. It was a brief but bloody war, leaving tens ... Greg Torode The contested islands of the South China Sea are a military powder keg. Nowhere else in the region are rival forces in such close proximity, with the navies of China, Vietnam ...

  3. South China Sea stand-off is just storm in a teacup

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... not been stopped is significant. Next month, Vietnam will hold a joint naval drill with the United States, in a move that could further stoke tensions. Recent weeks have seen reports of live-fire drills by Vietnam, beach-landing exercises by the Chinese Marine Corps, and plans by the Philippines to send in its biggest warship. Meanwhile, China is sending in one of its biggest maritime ...

  4. On shaky ground in disputed waters

    Posted Aug 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... 11-year Vietnam war that pitted the US-backed regime in Saigon against communist Hanoi, supported by China and the Soviet Union, was by then near its end. Until then, the largely uninhabited ... was plotted and monitored by a five-man Politburo team headed by Premier Zhou Enlai that also included Deng Xiaoping, according to a seminal diplomatic history of China during the Vietnam wars ...

  5. In Brief

    Posted May 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by international troops. Minister visits vietnam seeking trade, investment Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology Joseph Wong Wing-ping left for Vietnam to push for more regional trade agreements ...

  6. Oil drills 'better than naval ones'

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was not disputed, on Wednesday. More than 1,000 oil wells have been drilled in disputed parts of the South China Sea by the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries, but none are owned by China. Senior ... the Philippines get off free because it has severely encroached on our bottom line,' Luo told China Central Television's Today Focus programme on Thursday. 'If the PLA cannot declare war ...

  7. Nervous hush

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... - the world's last cold war frontier - and it quickly becomes apparent that the issue of how the region's powers would react should North Korea one day implode is exceptionally sensitive. So ... or Vietnam. The threat of sudden collapse, therefore, cannot be ignored. Greg Torode is the Post's chief Asia correspondent. greg.torode@scmp.com ...

  8. From guerilla army to modern colossus

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... dependence on mass troops was trumped badly during the bloody border war between China and its former communist ally, Vietnam, in 1979, teaching mainland leaders a bitter lesson and prompting a major ... and battlefield tactics of human-wave attacks. Other spurs to modernisation were the overwhelming defeat of Soviet-designed weaponry, similar to China's, in the 1990 Gulf war, according to some US ...

  9. Cold facts support Chinese claims over Vietnam's in the South China Sea

    Posted Jun 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to Professor Jonathan London's article ('Taking a stand', June 18, on Vietnam's rejection of China's territorial claims). In his article, Professor London makes emotional accusations that Beijing 'illegally seized' the Paracel Islands in 1974 and further calls the surrounding areas 'waters within Vietnam's own internationally ...

  10. Trust key to burying regional suspicions and building success

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... river. There is Myanmar's military junta and Thailand's constitutional monarchy, a fledging, troubled democracy in Cambodia and the Communist Party-ruled nations of Laos, Vietnam ... have fought, as have Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Vietnam and China over Cambodia. Landlocked Laos, meanwhile, is the smallest nation of the group and has traditionally had to play off its ...




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