South China Sea: As China deploys bomber, Vietnam briefs India about deteriorating situation

With India still locked in a military standoff with China, Vietnam’s ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau briefed Indian foreign secretary Harsh Shringla about the deteriorating security situation in South China Sea (SCS) following Beijing’s deployment of fighter aircraft and a bomber in disputed islands.

While it was described as a courtesy call by diplomatic sources, the meeting saw the ambassador sharing Vietnam’s position with Shringla on the latest flare up in the region and also expressing his country’s determination to advance “strong Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” with India.

China deployed its H-6J bomber earlier this month to the Woody Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands, to allow PLA, according to Chinese state media, to suppress US military activities in the region. Global Times quoted experts to say that it will act as a “huge deterrence” to US aircraft carriers.

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