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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on East Sea dispute

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Hanoi and Beijing have pledged to try and get their bilateral ties back on an even keel after China’s placing of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters sparked off deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam a few months ago.


“Given all that has happened in the [East] Sea this year, Beijing is worried that any embarrassment or diplomatic quibble will create major humiliation and problems for China as a country. Therefore, everyone is working to ensure the APEC will happen without major incidents,” said Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.
“Of course they understand one trip by Yang will not solve Vietnam’s concern or the territorial disputes. However, in the short term, it will help to make things smooth for Beijing during the summit,” she said.

“And that is the most immediate priority for China, and its diplomats.”

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