China-Vietnam military meeting canceled – South China Sea tensions? – China’s latest political and current affairs news


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The New York Times reports (paywall) that on June 20, a Chinese delegation unexpectedly canceled a scheduled gathering with senior military officials from Vietnam. The cancellation, according to a later statement by the Chinese Defense Ministry, was “for some reasons related to working arrangements.”

Analysts said that the Chinese delegation cut short the trip to Vietnam after disputes surfaced during a closed-door discussion on the South China Sea this week. Though it still remains unclear what precisely roiled the meeting between Chinese General Fan Changlong and Chinese and Vietnamese officials, analysts said that it appeared to stem from Vietnam’s recent efforts to promote strategic cooperation with the United States and Japan.