Vietnamese scholars: China launched a psychological war to attempt to monopolize the South China Sea

Vietnamese scholars said that in addition to militarization in the South China Sea region, China often uses economic and trade strength as a backing to launch psychological warfare, coerce and weaken the resistance of neighboring countries in an attempt to monopolize the advantages of the South China Sea.

The Chinese exploration vessel “Marine Geology No. 8” entered the Nansha Islands and the Wan’antan waters with sovereignty disputes in Vietnam in early July, and the Vietnamese side sent several marine police vessels to the scene to interfere. A confrontation occurs.

“Marine Geology 8” left the waters of Wan’an Beach on the 7th. According to media reports, the exploration vessel returned to the waters on the 13th, less than a week after the end of the two-nation vessel. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet responded.

The “Ho Chi Minh City Law News” news website quoted Vietnamese scholars as saying today that China has recently engaged in militarization in the South China Sea and is actively pursuing propaganda and psychological tactics that deviate from the facts and attempt to avoid the armed conflict and gain an advantage in the South China Sea.

Vietnamese scholar Ngo Vinh Long said that China recently built artificial islands in the South China Sea, deployed weapons and conducted military exercises, frequently dispatched sea police vessels and militia ships to harass and threaten fishing boats in various countries in the region, in an attempt to intimidate them. Dare to return to fishing; in addition, China also claims that the South China Sea sovereignty dispute has nothing to do with the United States.

Wu Yonglong said that China has also launched a psychological war with its economic and trade advantages and exerted pressure and influence on the countries in the region. For example, he said that the Philippines won the arbitration in the South China Sea, but Beijing exerted pressure on economic and trade relations, which caused Dutti to temporarily suspend the verdict; the Philippine fishing boat was repeatedly expelled or even sunk by Chinese ships, and Manila took a neglected attitude.

In addition, Cambodia has good economic and trade cooperation with China, and it is also a case in which China has gained influence through psychological warfare.

Nguyen Thanh Trung, director of the Center for International Studies at Ho Chi Minh City University of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that China is the world’s second largest economy and one of the largest trading nations, with the largest number of defense expenditures in the world, holding economic, diplomatic and military. The strength takes psychological warfare, threatens the relevant countries, and gradually weakens the opponent’s resistance until they yield.

Ruan Chengzhong pointed out that China has the ambition to monopolize the South China Sea. Compared with the military, the psychological warfare implemented in the South China Sea has a lower cost and is therefore better for China.

Scholars said that China recently dispatched “Marine Geology No. 8” and other vessels into the waters of Wan’an Beach for exploration operations. It is one of China’s psychological warfare modes in the South China Sea. In addition to psychological threats, China also wants to redefine the 1982 United Nations Ocean. The relevant provisions of the Law Convention, the transfer of this dispute only involves China and Vietnam, and hope that the two sides will follow the settlement mechanism to deal with the South China Sea issue.

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