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Xinhua: The Vietnamese Are Prepared for War

Xinhua recently reported on comments that Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, made at a gathering of his voters on Vietnam’s relationship with China. When asked what Vietnam should do if forced into a war, Nguyen replied, “We should get ready for all possibilities.” At the same time, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung instructed the government to prepare for the “tough economic situation” that may result from the “challenging relationship with China.” Not long ago, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang also stated that Vietnam would like to take legal actions against China. It is very clear now that all three of the top leaders in the Vietnamese political system have expressed their strong position in the conflict with China. The Vietnamese government has called for an independent economy and an international trade position. It also asked the people to have a “clear understanding of the position of the United States.”
Source: Xinhua, July 3, 2014