Breaking News today that a Chinese vessel as rammed and sunk a
Vietnamese fishing boat. All countries in the South China Sea and
East China Sea are using fishing boats in a game of cat-and-mouse
to challenge each other on their respective areas. This time the
mouse got caught. 20 Chinese were recently slaughtered in Vietnam
in anti-China protests. This is something even the Chinese government
is afraid to highlight lest the Chinese population hits the streets
demanded retribution. Of course you will hear nothing about it in the
My prediction: China will smash Vietnamese military posts before the
end of 2014 if Vietnam does not backdown. It figures, despite Vietnam
being included in the “Asian-Pivot” the U.S. will not be in a position
to support Vietnam like they would Japan. It will also be a lesson to
other Asian countries who are planning on joining the Anti-China bloc
now being set-up by the Americans.
Want China Times
Escalating tensions between China and Vietnam has the world wondering
whether the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979 could repeat itself in 2014,
according to the latest edition of the Chinese-language international
affairs newsweekly Yazhou Zhoukan.
More than 7,000 Chinese citizens have already been evacuated from
Vietnam since anti-China riots broke out as a result of a standoff
between Chinese and Vietnamese naval ships near a Chinese oil rig in
disputed waters off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on
The initial demonstrations against China on May 11 were peaceful and
widely speculated to have been tacitly approved by the Vietnamese
government, which did not envision that another wave of protests on
May 13 would turn violent and spiral out of control beyond the
containment capabilities of public security authorities.
The violence led Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung to send
out a mass text message calling for calm to all mobile phone subscribers
of state-owned operators.
Varying reports suggest that at least 25 people died during the riots
as dozens of Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong factories were damaged or
burned down. One report said the deceased included a Chinese worker at
the Taiwanese bicycle seat manufacturer DDk Group, a Vietnamese police
officer, and 18 other Chinese nationals, 16 of which were factory workers
at contract manufacturing plants for Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, which
also saw the death of five of its Vietnamese employees.
Another account said that a steel plant run by state-owned China
Metallurgical Group Corporation in north central Vietnam’s Ha Tinh
province reported 130 people injured, 23 of which were in serious
condition, and four deaths.
Numerous Taiwanese wood processing factories reported severe losses
totaling millions of US dollars as nearly a thousand businesses were
said to have been affected. Local Vietnamese enterprises were also hit
hard due to breaks in the production chain after Chinese and Taiwanese
companies were forced to suspend operations.
While the riots have been suppressed, tensions between the two countries
remain high as China has refused to budge over the Haiyang 981 oil rig.
Recent reports claim that a large number of People’s Liberation Army troops
have been deployed to the border at Pingxiang in southern China’s Guangxi
Zhuang autonomous region,where the brief 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War first broke
out, after anti-China protests forced Beijing to evacuate Chinese nationals.
As of May 20, China still had 90 vessels guarding the oil rig, with reports
that the Chinese coast guard drove away at least two Vietnamese maritime
security vessels away from the region.
Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan has warned Vietnam not to make repeated
mistakes and to look at the bigger picture of Sino-Vietnamese friendship.
During a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh last week,
Chang condemned Vietnam’s recent disruption of China’s “routine” and
“legitimate” oil drilling and called on Hanoi to “respect history” and “face
In a visit to the United States earlier this month, PLA general Fang Fenghui
also declared that the disputed territory had been “passed down by our ancestors”
and that China would not concede “an inch” in the dispute.
With neither side willing to back down, there are growing concerns that the dispute
over the location of the oil rig could turn into a military conflict. Experts believe,
however, that if there is a conflict it will be likely erupt on the seas near the
oil rig and not on land near the Sino-Vietnamese border.