China Risks Flare-Up Over Malaysian, Vietnamese Gas Resources

July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019  |  AMTI Brief

China Risks Flare-Up Over Malaysian, Vietnamese Gas Resources

Twice in the last six weeks, the same China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel has harassed oil and gas operations by its neighbors in contested waters on opposite sides of the South China Sea. A Chinese state-owned vessel, meanwhile, has been undertaking a seismic survey of oil and gas blocks off the Vietnamese coast. This risks a confrontation between the contingent of CCG and militia boats escorting the survey ship and a group of Vietnamese vessels dispatched to the area. The situation also reveals a double-standard: Beijing appears to be committed to preventing new unilateral oil and gas activities by its neighbors anywhere in the “nine-dash line,” which demarcates its claims in the South China Sea, even as it explores and exploits hydrocarbons in contested waters. Tiếp tục đọc “China Risks Flare-Up Over Malaysian, Vietnamese Gas Resources”