Ethical Issues In Vietnam Law

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The events currently unfolding in the prescribed scenario create a picture of tension, uncertainty, and high-stakes. Within this construct, however, one must formulate assumptions regarding the fictitious environment before continuing the conversation. First is that the international community recognizes the Chinese-Vietnamese maritime boundary, as described, as legitimate. Accordingly, the second assumption is that the natural gas rig in question exists within the Vietnamese side of the maritime boundary. This assumption is critical, because if the rig is within the Chinese side of the boundary, then China would maintain sovereignty over those people and things within that internationally recognized space. Therefore, acting, if the rig…show more content…
These actions would begin with non-lethal measures such as announcing my intentions over the radio and maneuvering into the contested area, to ultimately employing deadly force. Fundamental to this decision is the requirement, according to virtue, to either, promote welfare or reduce suffering,” as a means to, “guide our actions when ethical conflicts or dilemmas arise.” Virtue theory, therefore, provides a, “universal standard of good and evil,” within which this scenario occurs. To that end, the PLA Navy’s actions, typified by an unlawful incursion into Vietnamese water and aggression against civilians, are unjust. For the commander of an LCS to be capable of intervention and choose not to act in support of the promotion of welfare or to prevent suffering would not only violate virtue theory, but also proliferate the PLA Navy’s injustice.
Dissimilarly, one may present a counterargument in using consequentialism as a point of departure. Within this same scenario, accordingly, consequentialism would argue that the, “right action should be determined by reference to its consequences and, in particular, to the promotion of human happiness.” To that end, the LCS’s captain may recognize the significant ramifications of a violent interaction between the U.S. and PLA Navies as a potential outcome of the LCS’s intervention. Moreover, a violent clash between the two navies could generate cascading effects, which, if not checked through diplomatic means, could

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