Saturday, May 10, 2014

Vietnam for a "rising India" (against China)

This really tickled the funny bone, we are talking about a navy whose submarines explode while standing still in the parking bay. But apparently the Vietnamese are dead serious (and they have reason to be).

Quy said there was not much clarity in the Obama administration. "That is why we want India should rise quickly. We have great expectations from India," he said. 

The Chinese are placing a strong emphasis on the "peaceful rise" theme these days. What they really want (we imagine) is to set the clock back a few centuries when all subject countries used to dispatch emissaries with lavish gifts to the Middle Kingdom, bribe the mandarins and secure (temporary) favors.

MELBOURNE:  Concerned over China's assertiveness in the South China Sea, Vietnam wants India to "rise quickly" in the region. "We are deeply concerned by Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy is acting without provocation. These decisions seem to be taken by the Chinese leadership at the highest level," said Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, president of Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV).
Quy said there was not much clarity in the Obama administration. "That is why we want India should rise quickly. We have great expectations from India," he said.

The remarks were made at a round table meeting of DAV held here on Saturday. DAV is said to carry out strategic research in international relations and foreign policy, as well as serve as a think-tank for foreign policy for the ministry of foreign affairs, the party and the state.

The meeting was held for the delegates to share information with Australian scholars around regional security issues such as US-China relations, maritime issues in the Indo pacific region and discuss more broadly Australia's engagement with Asia

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Chinese ships are ramming Vietnamese vessels and spraying sailors with water cannons in a clash over plans to drill for oil in disputed waters. Several boats have been damaged and six people on one vessel have been injured, said officials in Hanoi, with neither side showing any signs of backing down.

Vietnamese vessels are trying to stop China placing a $1billion oil rig off their country's coast. The say they want a peaceful solution, but a top official warned 'all restraint has a limit'.

The clash has been continuing for several days since a Chinese flotilla of military and civilian ships moved into the disputed area of the South China Sea on May 1.
Vietnam promptly dispatched marine police and fishery protection vessels to the area but they were harassed as they approached, said Ngo Ngoc Thu, vice commander of Vietnam's coast guard.
He said Vietnam had not carried out any offensive actions of its own in waters close to the rig, which is around 140 miles off the Vietnamese coast.

'No shots have been fired yet,' said a Vietnamese navy official, who could not be identified because he was not authorised to speak to media. 'Vietnam won't fire unless China fires first.'
Another Vietnamese official, who also preferred to remain anonymous, said that Vietnam's ships were outnumbered by the Chinese flotilla. He said the ships were trying to stop the rig from 'establishing a fixed position'.

Western analysts have called China's stationing of the oil rig one of its most provocative steps yet in a gradual campaign of asserting its sovereignty in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire sea, rejecting rival claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying insists the rig, owned by Chinese state-run oil company CNOOC, is in China's territorial waters and therefore drilling is 'normal and legal.'
'The disruptive activities by the Vietnamese side are in violation of China's sovereign rights,' she said. China had previously said no foreign ships would be allowed within three miles of the rig.
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