News / Asia

China-Vietnam Maritime Dispute Tests US Pivot to Asia

China-Vietnam Standoff Tests U.S. Pivot to Asiai
X
Scott Stearns
May 23, 2014 5:46 PM
The standoff over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam is testing the Obama administration's so-called pivot of military and diplomatic assets to Asia. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on the impact of the latest South China Sea flare-up
The standoff over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam is testing the Obama administration's so-called pivot of military and diplomatic assets to Asia.
 
A Vietnamese fisherman repairs his vessel after it was rammed by a Chinese patrol ship that it protecting the waters around a disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)A Vietnamese fisherman repairs his vessel after it was rammed by a Chinese patrol ship that it protecting the waters around a disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
x
A Vietnamese fisherman repairs his vessel after it was rammed by a Chinese patrol ship that it protecting the waters around a disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
A Vietnamese fisherman repairs his vessel after it was rammed by a Chinese patrol ship that it protecting the waters around a disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
Vietnam says the oil rig threatens freedom of navigation and regional peace.
 
"China's illegal placement of the oil rig and deployment of escort vessels to protect the rig deep into Vietnam's continental shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone seriously threatens peace, stability and maritime security," said Vietnam’s prime minister, Nguyen Tan Dung.
 
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei accused Vietnam of fueling tensions by questioning his country’s sovereignty.
 
The Vietnamese "are distorting the facts, conflating right and wrong on the global stage, blackening China and making unreasonable accusations," Hong said.
 
The standoff is part of China pushing back against a bigger U.S. presence in the Pacific, according to Hillary Mann Leverett, a foreign policy expert and senior adjunct at American University.
 
"It really puts Vietnam in the forefront of the battle essentially between the U.S. and China over who's going to be able to exert influence today and for the long term in that critically important part of the world," said Leverett, who has served  in the State Department.
 
China’s message is meant for all of Beijing's territorial rivals, said New South Wales University political professor Carl Thayer.
 
He said the core states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, “not just Philippines and Vietnam, are going to be highly concerned, because it's not just an oil rig, it's the military muscle that goes with it, and every state will feel vulnerable to China."
 
President Xi Jinping said China always works to resolve peacefully issues of maritime sovereignty and questions Asian nations that seek alliances against neighbors.
 
"We should respect and be considerate of each country's safety concerns,” he said. “Countries that strengthen military alliances against a third party do not benefit regional security."
 
Leverett said Beijing is trying to undermine the so-called U.S. pivot based on an assumption that Washington will not fight.
 
"The idea for China is really to give the United States a choice that it can't win,” Leverett said. “Either it has to fight China over islands it doesn't care about or not back up its allies.”
 
That “sends a very strong signal to those allies that they don't have the United States to rely on, the pivot's not for real, the one and only neighbor they're going to have to deal with now and forever is China," Leverett added.
 
Washington said it would support legal action by Hanoi against the oil rig as part of what it says is U.S. "national interest in maintenance of peace and stability" in the South China Sea.
 
 Some information provided by Reuters
 
  • A Vietnamese fisheries patrol ship shows signs of damage that Hanoi says was a result of being rammed by Chinese vessels during recent encounters in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
  • A Vietnamese fisherman repairs his vessel after it was rammed by a Chinese patrol ship that it protecting the waters around a disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
  • Chinese ships shine their spotlight at Vietnamese ships that go near the disputed oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
  • Journalist Vu Hoang Lan of Pho Bolsa TV reported from Vietnamese ships near the disputed Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)
  • A Vietnamese Coast Guard ship in the South China Sea, May 18, 2014. (PhoBolsaTV.com)

You May Like

Photogallery Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving With Feasts, Festivities

Holiday traditions include turkey dinners, 'turkey trots,' American-style football and New York parade with giant balloons More

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

With two years left in term, analysts say, president has less to lose by taking conversation on race further More

Video Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti headed for the ISS, her countrymen worried how she would survive six months drinking only instant coffee More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
    Next 
by: Liu from: Zhejiang
May 29, 2014 9:01 AM
Lands belongs to those who can conquer it, protect it. TRUTH remain within the range of missiles. How did Russia, USA gain their vast territory?


by: Tuan from: VN
May 25, 2014 5:57 PM
Chinese is with false history. If chinese go back in history when there were no borders between countries then they could claim the USA too.
In modern time I know that the Chinese used force to invade Vietnam beginning in 1974. If the islands belong to Chinese why didn't they occupy there? Where were the Chinese in 1800-1900?
Greedy Chinese steal things from people!


by: VoDanh from: Viet Nam
May 25, 2014 11:27 AM
The VN communist party has been managing the country monopolistically over the past 40 year is a total failure.
After that many years of peaceful development, VN is still very much behind countries, with somewhat similar past war torn situation, like Republic of Korea and Taiwan. The educational system of VN is backward and not providing a good learning environment for its bright and hardworking young people. A majority of people in VN are still very poor, GDP per capita for the year of 2013 of VN is 1,901 (US Dollar), which is about 10 and 12 times less than that of Taiwan and Korea respectively.
VN’s sovereignty has been violated by its neighbor (China). VN does not have many friends in the world that it may depend on for support in case of war. VN’s ability to defend itself against such a big bully like China may deem to be ineffective.
VN needs to rid itself of this one party totalitarian regime. VN needs to build a political system based on basic principles of democracy such as freedom of speech and association, religious tolerance, and the rule of law. A democratic VN will gain support and contributions from the bright and educated Vietnamese who are living around the globe. A democratic VN will allow it to join and be respected by all of the advanced countries in the world. A democratic VN will bring peace and prosperity to its people. A democratic VN will lead the country to a much, much brighter future.
VN needs a political reform, REFORM IT NOW !!.


by: kevin from: california
May 24, 2014 10:17 PM
I can not believed that the US military is taking so long to have any action about the problem there..look at Russia, boom bam they are there...Russia and China are disrepecting everybody..UNs is a joke to me because i haven't heard anything from them...


by: Ng from: aus
May 24, 2014 9:45 PM
Chinese always says they don't invade other countries, they just wan to get back of what is Not belong to them. A coward thief


by: S from: Nguyen
May 24, 2014 4:48 PM
Beijing gov't has been the source of troubles in the SE Asia region in past few months, as you may already know. Look like the belligerents have no common sense for peace and justice with anyone whom they sharing the borders. Time to put a stop to Beijing's madness or they will continue further to no end. I do believe, Japan should by now or at least have started moving their investments out of china, soon the others may follow. The world has been helping china economically in the past 20 years, guess what this is what it has become...a suppressive "bully", undermining the peace and stability in the entire region. Wake up and face reality of ugliness of Beijing gov't, they certainly not interested in creating peace and stability in the region but potentially a destruction to the peaceful neighbors. Do your part, time to stop rewarding china economically!!!


by: young thing from: Nowhere
May 24, 2014 10:26 AM
by: Anonymous
May 23, 2014 7:41 PM
China never invades the other country,south china sea belonged to China from ancient time,China is doing the right thing now.

South China sea belonged to China from ancient time??? You must be kidding! :P
You should persuade kids, who watch Chinese history cartoons too much. Maybe China should use those cartoons as a clue to convince the whole world and to UN

In Response

by: Anonymous
May 27, 2014 3:06 AM
#Anonymous- u should realize that our Vietnamese government is a two headed snake with boneless tongue who can claim or said whatever we want. Many of our Vietnamese celebrities also understand the disharmony and turmoil our government is creating. Look up and don't be too stubborn and uneducated!!! "Please explain why no one said any words about Vietnam's oil drilling in the disputed area for years and when China did the same thing, it suddenly became "threat of the area"?

In Response

by: Lou from: Wa
May 26, 2014 12:09 PM
#Anonymous- u should realize that our Chinese government is a two headed snake with boneless tongue who can claim or said whatever we want. Many of our Chinese celebrities also understand the disharmony and turmoil our government is creating. Look up and don't be too stubborn and uneducated!!!

In Response

by: Anonymous
May 25, 2014 10:17 PM
yeah, your government needs media sheep like you, oh west media is so "open", can you explain why no one said any words about Vietnam's oil drilling in the disputed area for years and when China do the same thing, it suddenly became "threat of the area"? I have seen news articles stand by VN's side, but actually no any of them view the issue in China's perspective, Good job, open and neutral west media. Go find China's argument and compare it to VN's yourself before you make any comments, your media will never tell you that, brainwashed media sheep.

In Response

by: Marcel from: Everywhere by China
May 25, 2014 12:31 PM
To Anonymous: You are so funny! "west government and media propaganda" ? Do you really believe what you say? Do you understand the difference between the openness of the western media and the Chinese governmental control of the media? Just as an example, did you hear about Google's problems in China? Compare the numbers of news outlets between the west and China...Also, how many political views and parties are allowed in China ? Do you realize that ~ 6-7 billion people have access to more informations and more opinions and that only brainwashed Chinese people see it your way? I feel sorry for you; it's not even your faults, you don't know better :)

In Response

by: Anonymous
May 25, 2014 8:25 AM
yeah, someone just knows nothing about both the arguments of China and Vietnam over the disputed area, and said China is evil. Good jobs, keep listening to your west government and media propaganda. Also I want to remind you that Vietnam have been drilling oil from that distributed area many years ago, and no one said any words about it, well done, uncle sam and the west.

In Response

by: dashi from: N.J.
May 25, 2014 7:00 AM
Did you check your blood? You are carrying Chinese blood. When China conquered "your land", you people were still in pre-historic living. It was not called "vietnam"

In Response

by: kevin from: calif
May 24, 2014 9:53 PM
let me remind you..your ancestors have invaded Vietnam and conquered my country for a very long time...you can google about it...anyways, how can you said those islands belonged to China? It was wrong that they came and drilled oil while it is in a disputed situation...Now, look at the map Vietnam is closer to the two islands...I've heard Ho Chi Minh and his brother Vo Nguyen Grap have sold the islands to the Chinese goverment..I am not sure about it..But the one thing that I know for sure is that Beijing officials has caused so much problems for its neighbors..like Japan, Phillipines, and now Vietnam

In Response

by: Marcel from: Everywhere by China
May 24, 2014 7:29 PM
The problem is that the Chinese government has brainwashed its people to believe these ridiculous ideas and false histories. If the Chinese really want to go back history line, they better give back Tibet to Tibet and and the stolen territory of what they call "Xin Jiang" to the Uygher :)


by: Chay Xe Om from: Chicago
May 24, 2014 7:54 AM
China’s rise to power is not peaceful and China's positions on East Asia territorial disputes are very clear: China will defend "every inch" of its (disputed) territory and there is "no room for compromise."
China is open for talks bilaterally with its South China Sea neighbors, one at time. But the problem is: This "peaceful resolution" the Chinese have been talking about is nothing but a “peaceful submission” to their demands, no more and no less.
All East Asian countries currently involved in territorial disputes with China must stand their grounds or risk living under the shadow of China forever.
We hope Obama’s “pivot to Asia” stays on its course. Stronger presence of the US military in the region, better diplomatic relationships between the US and East Asian countries, and more Trans-Pacific Ocean trades will benefit us all and make this world a safer place to live.


by: Liu
May 24, 2014 5:45 AM
War-like U.S. is stirring the world, with a view to exp|oit.

In Response

by: Marcel from: Everywhere by China
May 24, 2014 8:25 PM
I guess you forgot the war-loving Chinese generals and their losses against Vietnam in 1979. Let's hope they have learned something.
By the way, unlike China with its western territories, including Tibet, the US hasn't colonized any country in recent history :)


by: Sarfaraz from: Karachi Pakistan
May 24, 2014 5:01 AM
Shame on these CIA hired goons, they shook hand with those (USA) who butchered them for decades and come to talk about peaceful China.

In Response

by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
May 25, 2014 7:46 AM
Sarfaraz,
Most of us here are against the communist regime in Vietnam but we love our country just like you do yours.
I am glad that China has a good relationship with Pakistan. I think the Chinese are glad too for they really need to have a nuclear Pakistan to counter a nuclear India. You obviously do not know this, China is anything but peaceful; they crossed the border into Vietnam and killed thousands of Vietnamese people in 1979. The communist government in China is is an oppressive one, as of the 15th of April 2014 there have been about 138 Tibetans burned themselves to dead in protesting this evil regime for stealing their land, destroying their culture and religion, and for killing of innocent people in Tibet.
We love American people but we do not necessary like their government, and I do understand why you hate the USA but you need to understand that they have to do what they have been doing in your country. They have been fighting a war against the extremists who have been trying to destroy them and their ways of live. And I think you need to be concerned too for these extremists are still trying hard to dominate this beloved country of yours, day and night.

Comments page of 2
    Next 

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
To Make A Living, Nairobi Street Vendors Face Legal Hurdles, Physical Violencei
X
Lenny Ruvaga
November 27, 2014 7:05 PM
The Nairobi City Council has been accused of brutality in dealing with hawkers in the Central Business District - in order to stop them from illegally selling their wares on the streets. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video To Make A Living, Nairobi Street Vendors Face Legal Hurdles, Physical Violence

The Nairobi City Council has been accused of brutality in dealing with hawkers in the Central Business District - in order to stop them from illegally selling their wares on the streets. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

Throughout the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama has urged calm, restraint and respect for the rule of law. But the events in Ferguson have prompted him to call — more openly than he has before — for profound changes to end the racism and distrust that he believes still exists between whites and blacks in the United States. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Online Magazine Gets Kids Discussing Big Questions

Teen culture in America is often criticized for being superficial. But an online magazine has been encouraging some teenagers to explore deeper issues, and rewarding their efforts. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to this year’s Kidspirit awards ceremony in New York.
Video

Video US Community Kicks Off Thanksgiving With Parade

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday whose roots go back to the country's earliest days as a British colony. One way Americans celebrate the occasion is with parades. Anush Avetisyan takes us to one such event on the day before Thanksgiving near Washington, where a community's diversity is on display. Joy Wagner narrates
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid