Seizure of Islands

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The 1974 Paracels Sea Battle: A Campaign Appraisal

Author: Toshi Yoshihara – Naval War College Review Spring 2016, Vol. 69, No. 2 On 19 January 1974, the Chinese and South Vietnamese navies clashed near the disputed Paracel Islands. The short but intense battle left China in control of seemingly unremarkable spits of land and surrounding waters in the South China Sea. The skirmish involved small, secondhand … Continue reading

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