With No Real Aids from US, Vietnam Seeks Mending Ties with China


Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Premier Li Keqiang attend a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Premier Li Keqiang attend a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

In its report “Chinese premier urges Vietnam to calm troubled South China Sea waters” today, SCMP says, “Premier Li Keqiang told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday to abide by a high-level consensus to contain tensions in the South China Sea over maritime disputes.”

In response, visiting Prime Minister Phuc told Li that the Vietnamese government was set on maintaining friendly ties with Beijing.

SCMP quotes Phuc as saying,“Vietnam will always remember the help from China on Vietnam’s national liberation and economic building…[We should] deepen communications on areas of low sensitivity, and not let maritime issues affect bilateral ties.”

It seems that the US has failed in its interference with South China Sea disputes. ASEAN simply disregarded Obama’s call for them to urge China to abide by Hague arbitration ruling. It prefers not even to mention the ruling.

The Philippines sought urgently to hold talks with China instead of enforcing the ruling. Vietnam simply sends its prime minister to mend ties, knowing well that it can do nothing about the ruling when even the US has failed.

Now, China can have its ways in the South China Sea, but it still has to act carefully for long-term friendship with its neighbors.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report “Chinese premier urges Vietnam to calm troubled South China Sea waters”, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2018710/chinese-premier-urges-vietnam-calm-troubled-south-china

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