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Clinton warns China over disputed islands

Says U.S. is prepared to intervene in fight between Vietnam and China


 

Speaking today in Vietnam at an Asian regional security meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the U.S. is prepared to intervene in a dispute involving China’s claim to islands in the South China Sea. The 200 islands have been a source of conflict ever since China took full control of one group of islands, the Paracels, from Vietnam in 1974. This January, China announced that it was going to develop the Paracels as a tourist destination. Clinton’s announcement comes at a particularly tense time between the U.S. and China. On Thursday, she irked Chinese officials by announcing joint U.S.-South Korea naval exercises off the Korean Peninsula. Beijing officials told two U.S. diplomats last March they would not stand for any interference in the South China Sea.

New York Times


 
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Clinton warns China over disputed islands

  1. It's better for Vietnam to take steps to update its own defense rather than acting based on the US's promises. 35 years ago, the US dropped South Vietnam after so many promises, wasting billions of dollars and american lives. In the US, elections do bring in new leaders and new promises….so what are the US promises worth? Just empty words.

    • Want to bet!

  2. The last time that China tried to intervene against Vietnam, it got beaten pretty badly, and hurriedly withdrew in humiliation. Has Vietnam been neglecting its military since then?

    • Agreed