Hanoi presses for return of strategic archipelago central to regional security dispute
Financial Times [excerpt]
[How China treats Vietnam is how Vietnam treats Cambodia in the international / sovereignty game of might makes right (realpolitik), further eased and legitimized by the Trump administration''s erosion of the rules-based international system. - Theary C. Seng]
Communist-ruled Hanoi has made its own military preparations by strengthening ties with a range of international powers, including its former enemy the US. It has also increased security co-operation with Japan and India, which are both trying to curb Chinese expansion in the region.
Another element of Hanoi’s response is to maintain the bureaucratic fiction of its rule over the Paracels, which South Vietnamese forces lost to China in a 1974 battle while they were sliding to civil war defeat. The Paracel administration’s headquarters in the Vietnamese coastal town of Da Nang is filled with maps, photos and other historical documents ostensibly in support of its claim.