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China, Vietnam Spar on High Seas Over $2.5 Trillion in Energy

  • Vietnam, China relations lowest since 2014 maritime standoff
  • Smaller nations have limited options to stop China’s rise
Square-Off in the South China Sea

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When a Chinese state-owned survey vessel sailed into waters off Vietnam’s coast in early July, it unleashed a high-seas standoff with trillions of dollars at stake that risks drawing in Russia and the U.S.