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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 10:33 p.m. PST

"Since July, China's Haiyang Dizhi 8 survey ship and a coast guard escort have spent large amounts of time in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. The region of the dispute, around three Vietnam-occupied islets at Vanguard Bank, is closer to Vietnam than any other country and is claimed by Vietnam as within its EEZ. China's claim to the area as a historical territory is based on its so-called nine-dash line, which was ruled without a legal basis by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague in 2016. Vietnam is particularly endangered by this latest incursion and resulting standoff, having defended itself on numerous occasions and with great loss of life against China in the Battle of the Paracel Islands (1974), the Sino-Vietnamese War (1979), and the South Johnson Reef Skirmish (1988). In each instance, China initiated the aggression, and Vietnam lost lives and territory. Vietnam could greatly improve its security if it allied with the United States, the world's only country still capable of defeating China alone. The United States, too, would benefit from the alliance by strengthening regional containment of China…"
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 11:53 a.m. PST

Vietnam… not good or like as an Allied?.


StarCruiser09 Nov 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

Vietnam would probably make a solid regional ally… They're tough people and, for the most part, the old war wounds have healed.

Lion in the Stars09 Nov 2019 1:30 p.m. PST


Ironic that we had to fight a war to get a Vietnamese government that didn't like China!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2019 3:26 p.m. PST



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