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TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

Chinese media threatens Vietnam with a ‘lesson it deserves’ over oil rig row

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 May, 2014, 10:47am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 May, 2014, 11:23am
 

China should give Vietnam a “lesson it deserves to get” if Hanoi ratchets up tension in the South China Sea, an aggressive editorial in state-run media said on Tuesday.

The editorial in the Global Times newspaper comes after Vietnam reacted furiously to a decision by Beijing to move a deep-water drilling rig into disputed waters for the first time.

Hanoi labelled the move “illegal” and demanded the rig withdraw from the area close to the Paracel islands, which are claimed by Vietnam but controlled by China, which calls them Xisha and took control of the whole group after a battle with the US-backed South Vietnamese regime in 1974, as US troops withdrew from Vietnam.

Philippines police capture Chinese fishing boat in South China Sea

Beijing claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, which is believed could sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

We believe Hanoi has no guts to attack China’s drilling platform directly
Global Times

It frequently trades diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights with its neighbours, including the Philippines and Vietnam.

“We believe Hanoi has no guts to attack China’s drilling platform directly,” said the Global Times, which has close links to the ruling Communist Party.

“If Vietnam takes further actions in Xisha, the level of China’s countermeasures must be elevated.

“China should evaluate whether Vietnam would stick its head out and become a more aggressive provocateur than the Philippines. If so, China should alter its Vietnam policy and give Hanoi a lesson it deserves to get.”

China and Vietnam fought a brief but bloody border war in 1979 which ended with Chinese forces withdrawing and both Hanoi and Beijing claiming victory.

The two countries also have a simmering territorial row over the Spratly Islands, another South China Sea chain of islets and reefs, where the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia also have overlapping claims.

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superdx
Hi, peaceful rise
richard.barnes.528
Talk of potential wars and the wars currently being fought in the middle east, Ukraine and Africa along with the troubles with China’s Island grabbing desires and still others that would take 1/2 a page of typing to include are all part of what Jesus told us would happen in the "end times". Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948 and from that point on we have seen Biblical end times prophecy unfold. I wrote a book in 2012 that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: ****www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next
yiling.tan.71
Vietnam been pumping oil from disputed sea in the Spratley's for a decade already. Now China is returning the favor.
Dung Tran
China has been already punished Vietnam in recent years. They sold Vietnam all kind of fake products. Worse, they sold Vietnam the carcinogen contaminated bra, poisonous water melon.....
536597a1-6b20-41ce-9266-08e30a3209ca
and the funny part is they seem to like it
clc2
The end of the "peaceful rise" era?
norodnik
China still licking its wounds from their 1979 invasion of Vietnam and ultimate defeat at the hands of a decades battle hardened Vietnam Peoples Army???
yiling.tan.71
check Border wars between China and Vietnam 1980-1985 then try again. ALso Vietnam lost all sea battles against China since the 70's.
rkact@robertkist.com
Global Times is so terrible, you don't even want to touch that stuff even when you're out of toilet paper
HiggsSinglet
IMO, this global times deserves a lesson it cannot afford!!

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