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

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


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

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’.

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.

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.

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

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.’

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’.

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.

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.’

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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