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China, Vietnam Tensions Flare Anew Over South China Sea Islands

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin. Image via MFA_China on X.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry pushed back against accusations this week by the Vietnamese government that a pair of disputed islands in the South China Sea that were captured by China in a 1974 battle marked a “serious violation of international law.

The Vietnamese government issued a strongly worded statement last weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of the Paracel and Spratly Islands, known as the Hoang Sa and Trong Sa Islands in Vietnam

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