Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters
Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters
South China Sea

Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

25 years after China's naval clash with Vietnam at Johnson Reef, a second military battle is seen as unlikely - but Beijing's ambitions are growing

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Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters
Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters
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