MODERATOR NOTICE: This thread was originally about the Spratly Islands and Vietnam's activites with respect to development and defense. It was started in 2007 and had little traffic. More recently we have had a lot of discussion about the South China Sea and the Islands there, as they relate to the use of China's carrier group, the new submarines that Vietnam has purchased and the general growth in naval power in the entire South China Sea area.
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Recently, Vietnam has partnered up /w BP oil company to explore and drill in the spratly island for oil. Chinese has released strong words regarding the move as infringing chinese interest in the south china sea.
They were already two wars against vietnam in 1974 and 1988 for paracel and spratly island. Looks another one is imminent. Vietnam bring in the foreign companies and figure China is tied down in taiwan issue and won't risk against them in spratly.
What military options available against the Vietnamese navy? Vietnam has stepped up in acquiring and soviet missiles ship and planes to counter china.
Does china has to wait till the carrier project finish. around 2010? The air fighters are limited due to long distance from Hainan. Seems /w no carrier, china currently tied down. The vietnam has advantage due to close to support from the land.
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