14 Jun '11, 7pm

Vietnam signs military order amid tensions

Vietnam signs military order amid tensions

HANOI: The prime minister of Vietnam has signed an order on eligibility for military conscription, at a time of high maritime tension with China, the official army newspaper reported on Tuesday. The decree is not a mobilisation order but clarifies who will be exempt from military service in the event of war, including key government officials and men with no siblings, Quan Doi Nhan Dan said. It will take effect on August 1. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed the document on Monday, the same day Vietnam's navy said it conducted about nine hours of live-fire artillery training in the tense South China Sea. Hanoi is sending a message to China that Vietnam "has significantly upped the ante in this dispute," said Ian Storey, a security analyst with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. "Tensions have never been higher in the South China Sea," he said. Relati...

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