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China - Vietnam pact
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China-Vietnam pact signed
By Owen Bennett-Jones in Hanoi

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1086867.stm

Vietnam and China have signed an agreement on their sea border in the Tonkin Gulf, at the start of a four-day visit to China by Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong.

Negotiations on the Tonkin Gulf sea border have been going since the 1970s, but were interrupted by the war between China and Vietnam in 1979.

But now after 18 rounds of talks, the two sides have settled their differences.

Both countries say the negotiations were tough. Difficult issues included the status of an island which is home to a small Vietnamese fishing community.

The formula used to establish the demarcation line remains secret, but it is believed the sea border will not follow a straight line.

Fishing rights

The two countries will also sign an agreement on fishing rights, establishing at least for a limited period a common fishing zone.

These agreements follow the successful conclusion last year of talks on China and Vietnam's disputed land border.

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Re: China - Vietnam pact
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2019, 01:17:10 PM »
Recommended reading:

Turley, William S., and Jeffrey Race. “The Third Indochina War.” Foreign Policy, no. 38, 1980, pp. 92–116. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1148297.

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 01:56:03 PM »
China puts new weapons and warships through paces in live-fire drills near Vietnam
Hanoi not expected to voice strong objections to exercises, military expert says
Minnie Chan

Published: 11:00pm, 16 Aug, 2019

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3023197/china-puts-new-weapons-and-warships-through-paces-live-fire

The Chinese navy is conducting a week-long exercise in the Gulf of Tonkin to test new warships and weapons, military experts said.

The Maritime Safety Administration posted “no sail” notices for three parts of the gulf, warning vessels not to enter the zones because of live-fire drills. The exercises began on August 9 and are expected to end on Sunday.

The exercises overlapped with three days of naval training from Tuesday near the Paracel chain of islands in the disputed South China Sea.

The exercises are being staged amid tensions between China and Vietnam over the presence of a Chinese survey ship near the energy-rich Vanguard Bank, which Hanoi has declared part of its exclusive economic zone.

Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military expert, said he did not expect Vietnam to voice a strong objection to the latest drills, despite their taking place in nearby waters.

“China and Vietnam reached a maritime delimitation agreement in 2000 to settle their [territorial] disputes in the Gulf of Tonkin,” he said. “So Vietnam cannot point its finger at China now [about these exercises]
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