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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 May 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

Vietnam has requested China to withdraw its military equipment from South China Sea outposts, saying their deployment seriously violates Hanoi's sovereignty, increases tension and destabilizes the regional situation…


Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 6:53 a.m. PST

Unfortunately, Vietnam has no way to threaten China (particularly at sea) and at this time no other nation risks going to war over the missile deployment. If hostilities were to break out, those Chinese outposts are going to be hit by a large number of cruise missiles.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

Good luck with that!

Too late anyway. This should have been stopped cold back in May of 2009. But no one on the planet that the balls to do so.



28mm Fanatik09 May 2018 8:14 a.m. PST

Vietnam isn't expecting China to comply or even dignify its request with an answer. Vietnam's claim of sovereignty over the disputed waters and islands is as valid as China's or the Philippines', but the claim still must be made "for the record" to show that Vietnam still lays claims to them.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 9:35 a.m. PST

Absolutely. The forms must be followed. If you don't assert your rights, you in effect lose them.

It's just like a blockade that cannot be enforced is an illegal blockade.
And to claim the benefits of neutrality, a state must be willing to enforce those rights, as well as the obligations. See the Graf Spee at Montevideo. Uruguay insisted on enforcing its neutrality rights. Most agree that a safer harbor would have been in Argentina.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

The forms must be followed.


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