Gunboat diplomacy on the rise in South China Sea

Rising tensions between China and Vietnam could be China’s way of pushing for joint development of disputed resources in the South China Sea Rising tensions between China and Vietnam could be China’s way of pushing for joint development of disputed resources in the South China Sea.
By The Wildcat 6 April 2018 0 30317
A US Navy destroyer in the South China Sea A US Navy destroyer in the South China Sea. (PA)

Vietnamese state oil and gas company PetroVietnam said this week that disputes in the South China Sea will affect its oil production – a rare admission that could fan tensions with China.

The decision by PetroVietnam to publicise the damage done to its upstream industry is likely to be in retaliation to the pressure China exerted to halt development of the Red Emperor field in Block 136, something that came to light two weeks ago. It is the second time pressure from Beijing...

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