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Vietnam Wants Larger US Role in Dispute With China

Vietnam Wants Larger US Role in Dispute With Chinai
Scott Stearns
June 09, 2014 5:10 PM
Vietnam wants the United States to play a bigger role in settling territorial disputes with China. But Washington is refusing to take a stand on the location of a Chinese oil rig that Vietnam says is in its territorial waters. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.
Vietnam wants the United States to play a bigger role in settling territorial disputes with China. Washington is refusing, though, to take a stand on the location of a Chinese oil rig that Vietnam says is in its territorial waters.

Vietnam says this video shows China's coast guard ramming a Vietnamese fishing vessel last month near a Chinese oil rig in disputed South China Sea waters.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said that is not what happened. "In the relevant seas, China's ships were on the defensive and Vietnam's ships were on the offensive.

Vietnam says it wants the Obama administration to do more to help stop Beijing. Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said, "We would like the U.S. to continue to have a stronger voice, as well as more practical and constructive actions to contribute to the peace, stability, security and safety of seas in the region and to solve regional disputes by international law."

Staying on sideline

Washington says it will not take a stand, however, on Hanoi's claim the oil rig is in Vietnamese waters.

U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "We encourage the sides to maintain dialogue with each other, but we are not going to weigh in on speculation about their location and what it means."

American Enterprise Institute analyst Michael Auslin said that puts the Obama administration at a disadvantage.

"When the administration goes so far as to say that it is not going to determine whether or not these waters are in the common definition of the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam, you have taken a very great step toward abdicating any input that you can have into this situation," he said.

Asia pivot

Auslin said that will be seen by China and U.S. allies as a clear sign Washington will use any excuse to not get involved.

"At least you can lay the groundwork and say, 'Yes, this is clearly in Vietnamese waters. We still believe it is up to Vietnam and China to solve.' But that does not mean that we should not accept what is pretty much a reality and something that we ourselves observe in every other waters all around the world," said Auslin.

American University Professor Hillary Mann Leverett said it is undermining the so-called U.S. pivot of military and diplomatic resources to Asia.

"That is what China wants to show to Vietnam: 'You are under the biggest stress that you have been under, and the one country that could come and help you out is not going to do it. You need to make amends with China.' That is I think very much part of the strategy and why we will continue to see more," said Mann Leverett.

China's foreign ministry says it wants good relations with Vietnam, but it also says "there are principles that China cannot abandon" in the face of what it calls Vietnam's "provocative actions."

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by: Ken from: Usa
June 12, 2014 10:19 PM
China is so bully they think they can do any they want . Cause they got the power to. If they take the island from Vietman . Who is next the world ????

by: Young thing from: nowhere
June 11, 2014 4:23 AM
US please move your pinkie now or it would be too late! The sooner US taking a larger role in the Pacific the less Loss paid in the future.
ASEAN should work tightly together and open your houses to greet US. that’s the only way to stop China’s ambition.

by: J Haviland from: USA
June 10, 2014 8:58 PM
I just want to SLAP this idiot Hong Lei, China's spokesman, for throwing out one lie after another. What does he really think when after watching the video of Chinese (much bigger) ships ramming Vietnamese boats, he terms it "defensive"? Hong Lei, do you think the rest of the world is as stupid as you are? Don't insult others' intelligence by saying anything else, please.
You are watching the same video clip as we are, but we are NOT blind like you, okay?!
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by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
June 11, 2014 8:30 AM
Never mind that, he is just a talking machine, a commies regime talking machine. We have maybe a battalion of human talking machines like him in Vietnam.
Out side of China, few people believe in these lies; but inside China, many do.
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by: John Smith from: I hate bullies
June 10, 2014 11:43 PM
@J Haviland

China is doing what Joseph Goebbels taught them.

"Repeating lies often enough so that someday someone would start to believe them".

A new tyrant is copying the old one - warts and all.

by: Peter Huang from: Canada
June 10, 2014 8:42 PM
The U.S. already made a huge mistake when it looked the other way to let China invade the Paracels in 1974. Is Obama about to make another mistake by not stopping China this time? China claims 90% of the South China Sea and if it gets its way, ALL ships, including the U.S. Navy AND commercials ships, will have to go by China's laws when passing this region. And everyone knows that China's laws don't coincide with any international laws!
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by: Adam9 from: Dong Nai, VN
June 11, 2014 9:31 AM
By 1974, the US had already decided to give up on the war in Vietnam; the chances of survival for South Vietnam were very much in doubt at that point. The bad guys had won the war, the US was getting out, and the US troops were going home.

So, in these circumstances, do you really think the US should have stopped the troops from going home, and instead they be sent to fight the Chinese to keep the Paracels for this dying Republic of Vietnam?

by: lanook from: Vietnam
June 10, 2014 12:36 PM
USA you have caused millions of deaths in the Vietnam war and now should start paying your evil blood debt to the Vietnamese and defend Vietnam!

by: Sonny from: ok. USA
June 10, 2014 1:59 AM
Where is the beacon of the free world? Mr. Obama.

by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 10, 2014 12:06 AM
It's so funny. Why viet would believe that America would shed blood for viet congs interest? Are you insane?
Either viet cong is too stupid to believe that America is too stupid to fight for viet, or viet is too stupid to believe America would take viet congs as a friend.
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by: John Smith from: I hate bullies
June 10, 2014 11:41 PM

This is funny - reliance on a 1947 map drawn up by yourself with NO regards for others' overlapping claims.

When the time is right (1974, 1988, 2014), just sail the gunboats out and declare "this is mine".

Now, that is modern-day piracy which was OK in 1600s but has successfully exposed the real face of China to the world - the face of a fascist wolf intent on hegemony based on fear and threat.

We had learned how to deal with fascist tyrants in 1930s and we sure will know how to deal with 21st century bully again.

Without China's clumsy actions in the last 6 months (ADIZ, Sendaku, now oil rigs....) the world would continue to believe that China had chosen a Peaceful Rise pathway. Not any longer !

The wolf has been exposed in its entirety.

Leaving to China means the Western Pacific would be off limits to all maritime trade & navigation except those approved by China (Cowpens etc....).

ASEAN, Japan, USA, Australia, France and now G7 - all had denounced China as the bully with its "unilateral, destabilising actions".

China is friend-LESS in the whole world !
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by: Vo danh from: Vietnam
June 10, 2014 7:34 AM
It is an unrealistic expectation of the Vietcong.

by: Ph Nguyen from: U.S.A
June 09, 2014 10:45 PM
The VN leaders want the do more. They also force their fishermen to go to the front line, but they stay behind to talk about frendship with the Chineses (Gen. Phung Q. Thanh.)
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by: Trang from: US
June 11, 2014 10:21 AM
Dumb or not, it is someone's opinion. It is ok if you do agree with it and you can argue against it but you should not put people down like that.
Are you some kind of god gifted political analyst?
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by: Trang from: US
June 11, 2014 10:14 AM
@J Haviland from: USA
hey, be nice! do you think all your comments are all brilliant and smart?
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by: J Haviland from: USA
June 10, 2014 8:52 PM
That's the dumbest statement, only seconded by China's Lieutenant-General Wang Guanzhong about the so-called "nine-dash line" existed 2000 years ago, I have never heard.
Nobody "forced" the fishermen to the front line. Only Chinese leaders believe such trash. The South China Sea has always been where Vietnamese fish for centuries and they are not about to give that up because of the harassment the Chinese bullies are doing to them.
And what's wrong with speaking of "friendship" with China at this time, unless you are ready to go to war with China? The Vietnamese have been playing by international laws: restraining themselves while showing to the world the true face of the Chinese. And as a result, China's mask of "peaceful rise" has already fallen off.

by: Freedom_is_not_free from: USA
June 09, 2014 3:32 PM
I do not know what Vietnam Communist government is thinking. One hand they stop Vietnamese protestors even put number of people in jail for peaceful protests such as song writer Viet Khang. The VN government never permit any demonstrations to against China while other hand, asks US to have larger role in disputing with China. What a joke!
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by: Anonymous
June 10, 2014 12:46 AM
Thumps up for the comments

by: Tam Dang from: USA
June 09, 2014 3:28 PM
(1) Ukraine lost Crimea to Russia,

(2) The Scarborough of the Philippines is being held by China, and

(3) A Chinese oil rig is placed on the Vietnam's EEZ.

What else to take President Obama to move his fingers?

The USA must do better than that; or it will loose it friends and allies, and it enemies will get bolder and bolder. Up to a point, the USA will shrink itself to a closet, and Russia and China will be bullying around on smaller countries, taking their lands and resources.

China is not a responsible country and it is not worthy to be a member of the UN Security Council for it wages war and hostilities, not peace. In 1950, it invaded Tibet; in 1979 it invaded Vietnam; in 1974 it took islands/islets in the Paracel from Vietnam; it is killing the Uighurs, ...

Without evidences, China claims to own 90% of the South China Sea. The Philippines challenges China at the international court but China did not dare to show up because it did not have any evidence of ownership. That should be the clue!

China should be removed from a UNSC permanent seat, and that seat should be extended to India or any other responsible countries.

Chinese aggression must be stopped. Otherwise many countries will receive the same treatments as Tibet. China will claim them as its new provinces.

History lessons show that appeasing an aggressor is foolish and futile.

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
June 10, 2014 12:13 AM
Fact, democratic Taiwan also includes Tibet plus whole Mongolia in its territory, plus Diaoyu island and the nine dash line of the South China Sea!
If democratic Taiwan can do so, why not mainland? Since mainland only inherit South China Sea from Taiwan, ROC!
Btw, viet claims 80% South China Sea! And it accuses China of claiming 90%? Pot laughs at kettle?
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by: Anonymous
June 09, 2014 11:23 PM
Totally agree with you! China has been and will be the world's biggest danger! Remember its Foreign Minister once said to the meaning that You must accept that China is a big country and yours is a smaller one???
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