Skip to comments.Vietnam signs military order amid tensions(eligibility for military conscription, 1st in 32yrs)
Posted on 06/15/2011 2:22:28 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Vietnam signs military order amid tensions
Posted: 15 June 2011 0216 hrs
HANOI: The prime minister of Vietnam has signed an order on eligibility for military conscription, at a time of high maritime tension with China, the official army newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The decree is not a mobilisation order but clarifies who will be exempt from military service in the event of war, including key government officials and men with no siblings, Quan Doi Nhan Dan said. It will take effect on August 1.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed the document on Monday, the same day Vietnam's navy said it conducted about nine hours of live-fire artillery training in the tense South China Sea.
Hanoi is sending a message to China that Vietnam "has significantly upped the ante in this dispute," said Ian Storey, a security analyst with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.
"Tensions have never been higher in the South China Sea," he said.
Relations between Vietnam and fellow communist China have sunk to their lowest point in years following recent sea confrontations which reignited a row over sovereignty of the potentially oil-rich Paracel and Spratly archipelagos.
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In this case, who cares who gets hurt?
If Vietnam gets into a war....the tennis shoe market in the shoe will go into a tailspin.
As an Indian, I am behind Hanoi on this. I hope our government does the same. The more multilateral each dispute with China ends up becoming, the less haggling room the Chinese will have. Better chance that India gets a favorable settlement to our border dispute as well.
Vietnam can count on the support of Pakistan — not for Vietnam, but for China.
As a Vietnam Vet, I support Vietnam on this one.
China needs to be stopped.
When Hanoi won the war, more of the Southern culture and private enterprise spread into the North than communist influence and ideals spread into the South.
VN vet bump....
“who will be exempt from military service in the event of war, including key government officials and men with no siblings”
Imagine the impact of war on China, where due to its “one child” policy, every casualty will be taking the only child of a family.
Tense times. I wonder how North Korea will try to exploit China’s distraction regarding Vietnam.
They will. They will create a situation China does not want but still has no choice but to back up NK.
Very interesting. Thanks for the ping.
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