As coastguard boats circle, Vietnam prepares for bigger challenge in South China Sea

Vietnam is taking a stronger stand in its dispute with China over territory and resources in the South China Sea, and a direct confrontation seems unlikely for now, analysts say.

Tensions between the neighbours showed no signs of easing this week as Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, in his role as general secretary of the country’s ruling Communist Party, called on it to “prepare for possible opportunities and challenges” in the disputed waters.

On Monday, Trong told the 200 members of…

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