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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

Asymmetric tactics involve fishing boats and submarines

"Vietnam has reason to worry about China — particularly China's increasing presence in the South China Sea complete with air bases on artificial islands and a massive maritime militia comprised of fishing boats, with crews answering directly to the People's Liberation Army.

Vietnam has its own claims in the region, and recent naval patrols and a landing by a Chinese H-K bomber in the Paracel Islands — a first — have amounted to a violation of Vietnam's sovereignty, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry stated on May 21.

What's less clear is how Vietnam would respond if tensions with China were to ever escalate to armed conflict. The scenario is not out of reach. China's single war since the Korean War was with Vietnam in 1979. In 1988, Chinese troops and naval gunfire killed 64 Vietnamese soldiers at the Johnson South Reef. And during the past few years, Vietnam has patiently bolstered its military with the help of a long-time partner, Russia, clearly in response to China's own maneuvers at sea…"
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john snelling25 May 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

Vietnams navy is interesting, starting with 6 Kilo subs.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

Agree.

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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 5:12 p.m. PST

John

"starting with 6 Kilo subs"

Those must be tiny, to weigh just 6 kilos (13.2 lbs)! :)

Are they crewed by brave little mice?

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