Vietnam to receive coast guard vessels from Japan

Vietnam to receive coast guard vessels from Japan

The announcement of the deal came just a day after sixty prominent members of the Vietnamese Communist Party—including past advisers to the Prime Minister and former deputy ministers, economists, and government advisors—sent a letter admonishing the government for its close historical ties to China. Vietnam must ”escape” China’s clutches, the letter reads, and is ”paying a high price” for those ties. Indeed, “The more Vietnam makes…concessions, the more China dominates.” The letter also urged Hanoi to sue China at the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, which the Philippines is already doing. The letter is a serious and remarkable escalation, as it comes from within Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party.