Such is the tense state of play between China and Vietnam. And issue number one is their seemingly intractable and competing claims to the common waters off their shores.
Which is why I'm watching the People's Daily web forum. It appears to be an somewhat open discussion between average Minhs from both countries. Some are critical of the Chinese Givernment, though, I'm certain that the webmasters at the Daily (the official outlet of the Chinese Communist Party) are monitoring the posts to be certain no one crosses the line too far. And many of the posts are by Chinese planted shills, posing as Vietnamese citizens (Le Xuan and Nguyen Long for example) to argue on behalf of Beijing. Still, it's an astounding development given the history of repression that, sadly, both nations share.