News in Vietnam

Mrs. Simonds had my class look up recent news in South East Asia. I came across an article about the dispute over the Paracel Islands. Recently Vietnamese fishermen have been captured by the Chinese. China claims that the islands belong to her, while Vietnam insists they are under Vietnamese control. The two countries are frustrated by the other. Vietnam demands the relies of the fishermen, but China is refusing to hand them over without punishment.

My class just got finished with our chapter on East Asia. I am interested in seeing the contrasts between these two regions. China is large in size, while many of SouthEast Asian countries are small. I wonder if their size will play a major role in foreign affairs.