China and Vietnam in South China Sea: What’s Really Going on?


Four decades since their most high-profile maritime clash, China and Vietnam are at it again.

When China moved a massive oil rig within disputed waters earlier this month, Vietnam demanded the Chinese state oil company remove it. The US promised to investigate and later criticised the move but the rig has stayed put and the Chinese navy has aggressively it has little time for a maritime neighbour’s protests.

Like a dog to a lamp post, Chinese ships sprayed water cannon over their Vietnamese rivals this week. Other Chinese vessels took a more direct approach, ramming Vietnamese ships in a bid to mark territory in the South China Sea.

While China disputes this version and paints Vietnam as the aggressor, video and images to emerge from the scene suggest otherwise.

Read more: