Vietnam Takes Steps to Reinforce Its South China Sea Claims

Vietnam Takes Steps to Reinforce Its South China Sea Claims
A Vietnam People's Navy minesweeper during a search and rescue exercise with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea, April 12, 2014 (U.S Navy photo by Chief Fire Controlman Steven Newberry).

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the South China Sea territorial disputes and the various claimant countries' approaches to addressing them.

Last week, Vietnam protested China’s construction of two lighthouses on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, saying the construction violates Vietnam’s sovereignty. In an email interview, Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed Vietnam’s claims to the South China Sea.

WPR: What are Vietnam’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, and with what other countries do they overlap or conflict?

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