What’s really behind China’s clash withVietnam
Territorial conflict is an old story in theSouth China Sea, where several nations make conflicting claims on theregion—and its oil and gas potential. But the escalating conflict betweenVietnam and China is something new altogether.
As many as 21 people were killed—some ofthem described as ethnic Chinese—during violent riots in Vietnam overnight whenangry Vietnamese burned a foreign-owned steel project. Thousands of protesterstook to the streets Wednesday as well, setting fire to factories theythought—sometimes incorrectly—were connected to China.
Jon Ohman an hour ago
There is no love lost between theVietnamese and the Chinese. The latter probably hated more by the Vietnamesethan any other super power, including their former enemy of the USA. Don’tforget that the Chinese invaded Vietnam in the late eighties and had theirbutts scorched in the process, losing damn near as many troops as the US lostin ten years… in only a matter of mere months. The Chinese retreated backacross the border claiming victory in the face of a humiliating loss. Chinawould be wise to walk softly where the Vietnamese are concerned. They haveproven themselves over decades to be worthy adversaries.