Still Under Pressure: Manila Versus the Militia

April 16, 2019  |  AMTI BRIEF

Still Under Pressure: Manila Versus the Militia

Since early March, Chinese fishing vessels—apparently part of the country’s maritime militia force—have been operating near two Philippine-held features in the disputed Spratly Islands: Loaita Island and Loaita Cay, called Kota and Panata Islands by Filipinos. The Philippine press began to report this militia presence in early April, prompting the government to say it would protest to Beijing. This comes as tensions between the two sides are running high over the presence of a larger Chinese flotilla deployed since December 2018 near Philippine-occupied Thitu Island. Over the last several weeks, Philippine officials have issued diplomatic protests and public recriminations against Beijing over that deployment, which appears aimed at dissuading Manila from continuing modest infrastructure upgrades on Thitu. Tiếp tục đọc “Still Under Pressure: Manila Versus the Militia”

Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work

Vietnam News Agency

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga (R) presents the Friendship Order to Susan Marie Hammond. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Nguyen Phuong Nga on April 16 presented the Friendship Order, a notable distinction of the Vietnamese State, to Executive Director of the War Legacies Project (WLP) Susan Marie Hammond.

Speaking at the ceremony, Nga said that this is one of the highest decorations that the Vietnamese state presents to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to the friendship between Vietnam and countries worldwide. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam honours US woman for Agent Orange relief work”

VUFO leaders meet US Congressional Staff Delegation


4/17/2019 3:00:34 PM Thời Đại

(VNF) – Leaders of the Vietnam Union of the Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and Vietnam – U.S. Society (VUS) hosted a US Congressional Staff Delegation in Hanoi on April 16.

At the meeting. Photo: VNF

The delegation consists of 10 assistants to US senators and congressmen from the Democrat and Republican parties on a working visit to Vietnam from April 12 to 20.

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