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China once again violated the mutual trust at the South China Sea by stationing its fleet with various kinds of ships. The region has been a potential target for China since long back.

Recently, within the span of a month and a half, China has disrupted the region twice. The first attempt was made on 3rd July with a fleet of 35 Chinese ships which were stationed till 7th August in the northeast of Vanguard Bank that falls within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. After a gap, at 15 hrs on 13th August they again made a comeback with fewer numbers of ships. However, Diplomacy Today learned from diplomatic sources that previously there were more fishing and service ships but this time it came out to be more disastrous escorting with 8 coastal guard ships, 10 fishing ships, 2 service ships stationed in Vietnam’s Block 06.1 which lies 230 miles from the southeast of Vietnam. Sources also confirmed that Chinese H6 Bomber and fighter jets have been seen flying over the region.

China’s incursions in the Vietnam waters have not only created a diplomatic deadlock but also sparked a war-like scene in the region. China has tried to take its stake at the region much time in the past while the most current being in 2014 which caused mass anti-china demonstrations. History has also shown Chinese ambition to take control of the territory in 1954 when Vietnam was busy tackling French and again in 1974 when there (Vietnamese) were having a face-off with the Americans.

China has mastered the art of constructing artificial islands in the region which have been militarised over time. The Chinese government’s response to this action is that the region is always in dispute and their involvement is necessary. Beijing has made its statement that their activity is peaceful, with Coast Guards and maritime militia, and no violation of navigation has been made.

Beijing unruly attempt has also created tensions for Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, Diplomacy Today learned this from a reputed Think Tank. Vietnam is in the process to curb out this problem in a legal, more diplomatic manner. The Vietnamese Diplomats have been in dialogue with the world powers and international communities. However, in a conversation to a foreign officer of Vietnam Diplomacy Today’s correspondent learned that Vietnam is concrete to safeguard its borders and people’s rights if China applies physical barriers or military interventions.

The region where Chinese ships have stationed is the same where Russian oil giant Rosneft and Indian oil company ONGC are drilling. China’s attempt to take control over the South China Sea has not only raised anti-china statements in Vietnam but in the Philippines as well. Vietnam so far hasn’t received any positive reply from ASEAN, it is expected that Vietnam might take the matter to the United Nations Security Council, jointly.

Mohit Srivastava
Global Desk, Diplomacytoday.in

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