South China Sea WW3 Alert: Vietnam Says Everyone Will Lose, US Warns China

South China Sea WW3 Alert: Vietnam Says Everyone Will Lose, US Warns China
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South China continues to be a contested region, and more players are now taking part including Vietnam. Amidst the tensions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that China should learn from India with all that is happening. Will the South China Sea dispute be ever solved?


Vietnam Says Everyone Will Lose

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang issued a warning that no one will win in the South China Sea dispute if things turn into an armed conflict. Territorial claims and disputes have been piling up without any clear indication of easing up.

Quang recently visited Singapore and discussed his concerns about the regional security. While Vietnam’s top official did not mention any nation, it was clear that everyone remains worried about China’s efforts.

China has been aggressive in its bid in the South China Sea despite opposition from other nations and world leaders. The country has started deploying assets to the region, which sparked protests from the Philippines and Vietnam.

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“The South China Sea, located at the heart of Southeast Asia, not only brings about many important benefits to nations in the region but it is also a vital route to maritime and air transport of the world,” Yahoo quoted Quang. He added that there “have had a negative impact on the security environment of the region, especially maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation and overflight.”

“And should we allow instability to take place, especially in the case of armed conflicts, there will be neither winners or losers but rather all will lose,” Quang warned.

US Warns China

On the other side of the spectrum, the United States remains a vocal party in the dispute. Kerry hinted that China should learn to respect the ruling of the international court.

“India’s decision to accept an international tribunal judgment regarding its maritime border with Bangladesh actually stands apart,” said Kerry, adding that the decision could be considered as a model to help resolve the disputes.

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