China Cancels Vietnam Meeting Over South China Sea Dispute — China threatened to attack Vietnamese bases

Peace and Freedom

August 7, 2017, 5:13 AM EDT
  • China objected to wording of Asean communique released Sunday
  • Tensions between China and Vietnam have risen over oil and gas

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi canceled a scheduled one-on-one meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart in Manila at the last minute on Monday due to a spat over the South China Sea, according to people familiar with the situation.

China was upset over the wording of a communique released by foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday night that expressed concern over land reclamation on disputed islands, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. China saw Vietnam as pushing for that language to be included in the statement, they said.

The statement said that some of Asean’s 10 foreign ministers expressed concern “on the…

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