China Conducts “Routine” Military Exercise… At Vietnam’s Border
Just two days ago, the Chinese government underwent some military practices deep in the southern province of Guangxi, at the China-Vietnam border. When questioned about their intentions, the Chinese claimed that it was only a routine military exercise, with no ulterior motives whatsoever. Quite hard to believe, since China has been committing acts of intimidation against Vietnam, year after year, month after month, and day after day. This is just another scare tactic that the People’s Republic of China is trying on Vietnam, anything beyond that goal is doubtful.
As you may know, a leadership transition took place in Vietnam several months ago, seeing several high profile positions transferred to some newer faces. The positions of President and General Secretary have been appointed to Truong Tan Sang and Nguyen Phu Trong, respectively. Beijing has been keeping track of this leadership change, as they hope to extend control over these new individuals as they did with their predecessors.
This is not the first time that China has acted in such a threatening and belligerent manner. Anyone following the current events in Asian politics can vouch that this is nothing new. Every time a nation Chinese of interest goes through some sort of leadership succession, China feels the need to test this them and see how tough they are. They tried it with the last leaders of Vietnam, they tried it with George W. Bush, and they’ve tried it with Barack Obama. Compare the times that the Chinese leadership has threatened to use force with the times that they’ve actually followed through, one won’t find much reason to worry. Rest assured, this is only a test.