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


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.


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.