26 Sep '11, 4am

@AsiaTodayNews China tensions rekindle Vietnam war debate: HO CHI MINH CITY (AFP) - Nearly four de... - #Asia #News

HO CHI MINH CITY (AFP) - Nearly four decades after the end of a war which divided Vietnam, a debate over national reconciliation between former foes has been rekindled by tensions with China. Despite government policies designed to woo its wartime opponents - many of whom fled abroad - those linked to the old US-supported regime in South Vietnam still feel stigmatised by communist authorities. But recent anger at Beijing's perceived aggression in South China Sea territory has led to unprecedented public recognition of southern fighters who stood up to the country's giant northern neighbour. Vietnam, which has a competing claim with China over sovereignty of the potentially oil-rich Paracel and Spratly island groups, has objected to what it described as Chinese harassment of its ships in the disputed waters.

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