Chinese President Xi Jinping during a military display of the PLA Navy in the South China Sea earlier this year. Photo: Xinhua

South China Sea stand-off: Vietnam takes hard line while negotiating code of conduct but will Beijing listen?

  • Hanoi is demanding states clarify their maritime claims in according to international law – an apparent attempt to shatter Beijing’s ‘nine-dash line’
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang last month called for the pact to be sealed by 2021, a timetable some envoys and analysts are sceptical can be reached
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese President Xi Jinping during a military display of the PLA Navy in the South China Sea earlier this year. Photo: Xinhua
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