South China Sea fury: Xi’s grip on region loosens as Vietnam issues another critical blow



SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions continue to soar as Vietnam has issued another devastating attack on Beijing.

The two nations have clashed recently, as China looks to increase its territorial gains in the region. With China looking to claim territory under its nine-dash line policy, Beijing has come into conflict with several nations within the region.Vietnam has been one of the staunchest defenders of its own territory and has now gone as far as to order a vehicle importer to remove China’s nine-dash line from its navigation system.

The country’s automobile registrar told an importer based in northern Vietnam to take the app out of Chinese-made cars which are distributed in the country.

The app ban is part of a wider based crackdown by other southeast Asian based countries against depictions of disputed territorial regions.

The move from Hanoi also comes as a Chinese vessel finally left Vietnamese controlled waters.

The Haiyan Dizhi 8, had been stationed in Vietnamese-controlled waters for the last three months.

With the arrival of the vessel, Vietnamese officials had hit out at China and have demanded that the vessel be removed.

After three months, the vessel finally left the region this week according to shipping data.

Despite Vietnam’s insistence for the vessel to leave earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, admitted the ship had only left as it had completed its mission.

Speaking at a daily news briefing this week, she said: “According to our understanding the work is presently complete.”

Before this development, President of Vietnam and Communist party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong stated that his country would never give up its territory.

Mr Trong said: “We will resolutely and persistently maintain independence while fighting for the protection of our sovereignty, but we must maintain a peaceful environment for development.

“What belongs to our independence and national sovereignty, we will never give up.

“We are determined to fight and win.”

Despite his comments, China has shown no sign of halting its territorial claims.

Moreover, on Monday, China’s defence minister, Wei Fenghe said the South China Sea is an integral part of his country’s history.

He added: “We will not allow even an inch of territory that our ancestors have left to us to be taken away.”

In another anti-China move, Vietnam had also announced the ban of a recent film.

The DreamWorks film, Abominable was pulled from cinemas due to its depiction of China’s nine-dash line on a map.

In one scene, a map illustrates the policy which pushed Vietnamese officials into removing it.

Amid escalating tensions with Vietnam, another rival of China, the Philippines has announced that it will improve its defensive capabilities in the waters.

Although President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to smooth relations with China, the country’s national security adviser, Hermogenes Esperon, announced the funding increase.

He said: ‘Whatever we spend on defence should strengthen our position on developing our maritime domain especially the West Philippine Sea into what we call the blue economy.”