Vietnam ups the ante off Vanguard Bank

The stand-off between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels off Vanguard Bank, situated southeast of Vietnam, in the South China Sea (SCS) continues. At least 10 ships are now active in the area, monitoring the activities of both the Chinese geological survey ship Haiying Dizhi 8, which has recently returned to the scene after a stand down period on the Chinese naval base on Mischief Reef, and the Vietnamese oil exploration rig Hakuryu 5.

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