Author: Mladen Plese
Posted: 2 h and 42 min
Arrival of the highest ranking American general in Vietnam announced a major joint confrontation with China that began aggressively usurp the territory of others.
Head of Joint Staff of the American Army Gen. Martin Dempsey these days caused a sensation suddenly arriving at Vietnam. With this General Dempsey, the senior officer of the American army, which is 40 years after the bloody US-Vietnam war that killed 58,220 American soldiers and over a million Vietnamese civilians and soldiers, only confirmed that in Asia, from the beginning of this year, there has been a dramatic political and military reshuffling of a kind so far the world has not seen.
Unexpected destruction of the political and military barriers between the United States and Vietnam, former mortal enemies, was driven by resistance of Hanoi to Chinese expansion in the South China Sea. Beijing has, in fact, installed a platform for oil exploration near the Vietnamese coast and, despite the insistence of Hanoi, it did not want to remove it. This in turn has sparked bloody demonstrations throughout Vietnam that killed several people and injured hundreds of Chinese workers. Thousands of Chinese families in panic fled the country. Given that Vietnam has more than 100 million people and that it showed a willingness to stand up to the Chinese and successfully resist it's appropriation of the South China Sea, through which passes one of the most important sea trade routes, the United States, and Japan immediately decided to come to it's aid. General Dempsey has admitted that his visit to Vietnam is result of China's provocations and announced the abolition of sanctions and mitigation military embargo on that country. But Japan was faster and had already donated to Vietnam six patrol boats for the Coast Guard.