Vietnam is arming itself. They have taken delivery of four Russian submarines and have two more on order. They have also purchased Russian missiles and are expected to eventually have a total of 50.
Countries that have no claim to the territories in the S. China Sea are also concerned about the bellicose actions of the Chinese. The trade routes annually transport $5 trillion in goods. Australian PM Tony Abbott is busy shoring up relations with his SE Asian neighbours, recently signing a mutual defense accord with Singapore. US Deputy Secretary of State called China’s island building “a threat to peace and stability”. He went on to draw parallels with Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
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