Is China building a Great Wall under the East Sea?

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The Global Times reported that China is planning to build a large-scale underwater observation system, compared with an underwater Great Wall, across disputed areas in the East China Sea and East Sea, which serves ‘scientific research’.

According to Hoang Viet, a lecturer at HCMC Law University, a member of the Foundation for East Sea Studies, the plan was first mentioned in February 2017, while the Chinese press has recently reported that the plan was approved by the Chinese administration.

The system, as affirmed by the Chinese side, will serve civil purposes. It will help warn tsunamis and seafloor seismic activity and will serve natural resource exploration and exploitation.

Chinese plan to set up an underwater observation system under the East Sea, according to experts, with the aim of showing that it is becoming an ocean power.

The Global Times also quoted Chinese political circles as saying that it will also be used for security and navigation safety purposes.

As China has not said clearly how it would set up an observatory system, it is still early to comment about it.

On the other hand, setting up and implementing the plan are quite different. China has many times drawn up plans, but it has failed to implement them. Tiếp tục đọc

On A Move That Will Anger China, Vietnam Says Yes, India Denies

On A Move That Will Anger China, Vietnam Says Yes, India Denies

BrahMos missiles were co-developed by Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s DRDO.

Highlights

  1. India-China in military stand-off for over 2 months at Sikkim border
  2. Vietnam indicates it has got BrahMos missile from India
  3. Missile signals Vietnam’s defending its claim to disputed South China Sea

New Delhi: For the first time ever, the government of Vietnam today confirmed – albeit carefully – that it has acquired BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles from India. At a time when Delhi and China are locked in their worst military confrontation in decades, sources in the Defence Ministry denied selling the missile systems to Vietnam, though they did not want to comment on record. Tiếp tục đọc

Philippines says China has agreed no new expansion in South China Sea

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Filipino Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana talks to reporters in Philippine occupied Thitu Island in the Spratly Islands at disputed South China Sea, April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/Files

MANILA: China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new status quo brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, the Philippine defence minister said on Tuesday (Aug 15).

The minister, Delfin Lorenzana, told a congressional hearing that the Philippines and China had reached a “modus vivendi”, or a way to get along, in the South China Sea that prohibits new occupation of islands. Tiếp tục đọc

HỘI NGHỊ ASEAN:  Đằng sau những câu chữ

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 11.08.2017, 13:43

TTCT – Cuộc họp cấp ngoại trưởng ASEAN (AMM) năm nay, và tiếp theo đó là Diễn đàn khu vực ASEAN (ARF), đã diễn ra trong bầu không khí đầy tranh cãi, phản ánh cục diện thế sự ngày nay. Các văn kiện chính, trên bề nổi, phản ánh xu thế đó. Song, trong chiều sâu, lại phản ánh một sự đồng thuận nhất định.

 Đằng sau những câu chữ
Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Trung Quốc Vương Nghị. Philstar.com bình luận rằng với Bắc Kinh, COC đi kèm những điều kiện “mơ hồ và không công bằng”.-Ảnh: rappler.com

Nếu so sánh ARF lần thứ nhất hồi năm 1994 tại Bangkok, mà Việt Nam tham dự với tư cách quan sát viên, với ARF năm nay tại Manila, rõ ràng diễn đàn năm nay quá ư là “gay cấn”. Những biến chuyển của chính trường thế giới đã đặt ra những thách thức mới so với cách đây 23 năm. Tiếp tục đọc

China protests US ship near South China Sea island

Al Jazeera , Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
Thursday’s ‘freedom of navigation’ operation by the US is the third under President Trump [File: Na Son Nguyen/AP]

China has voiced discontent with the United States after an American warship sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea.

The USS John S McCain sailed within six nautical miles of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Thursday as part of a “freedom of navigation” operation, which prompted the Chinese navy to warn off the US destroyer.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Friday the operation had violated Chinese and international law, “seriously” impairing the country’s sovereignty and security as well as “endangering lives”. Tiếp tục đọc

Decades after war, what’s behind US-Vietnamese military cooperation

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sputniknews – 21:36 10.08.2017 (updated 18:15 12.08.2017)

During the recent meeting between Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his US counterpart James Mattis, the two defense leaders agreed to deepen mutual military cooperation. Speaking to Sputnik Grigory Lokshin explained what lies at the heart of US-Vietnamese rapprochement.

Although the last time a US aircraft carrier visited Vietnam’s shores was when it participated in the evacuation of American advisers and supporters of the Saigon government in spring 1975, today Hanoi regards the US as one of its most important partners. Tiếp tục đọc

Japan says ‘heated discussions’ at Manila security meeting

August 7, 2017 / 9:51 AM /

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono gestures during a news conference on the sidelines of the 50th Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017.Dondi Tawatao

MANILA (Reuters) – Japan’s foreign minister said “heated discussions” took place about North Korea’s missile tests and South China Sea disputes at a security forum on Monday, and most countries believed U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang should be fully implemented.

Taro Kono told reporters there was broad support among the 27 foreign ministers at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila for pressure to be exerted on North Korea and for a new U.N. Security Council resolution to be fully implemented.

Among those attending the event were North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and Australia.

Kono also said Japan supported the United States in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation, and in a veiled reference to China, opposed “any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force”.

Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr and Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Catherine Evans

Cuộc họp Việt Trung hủy bỏ vì căng thẳng về Biển Đông – China, Vietnam meeting canceled amid South China Sea tensions

ASEAN Foreign Ministers applaud at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 in suburban Pasay city south Manila, Philippines. From left, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Myanmar Minister of State of Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Lim Jock Seng, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.(AP Photo/Mohd Rasfan, POOL)

Cuộc họp Việt Trung hủy bỏ vì căng thẳng về Biển Đông

MANILA (Reuters) – Một cuộc họp đã sắp xếp giữa hai bộ trưởng ngoại giao TQ và VN bên lề cuộc họp của cả vùng đã bị hủy bỏ, quan chức sứ quán TQ cho biết, trong căng thẳng ngày càng tăng giữa hai nước về Biển Đông.

Việt Nam đã đòi hỏi lời lẽ nhắc đến quan tâm về bồi đắp đảo nhân tạo và chỉ trích việc quân sự hóa ở Biển Đông trong một thông cáo của các bộ trưởng ngoại giao của ASEAN (Hiệp hội các Quốc gia Đông Nam Á).

Việt Nam đã trỗi lên như là người đối lập lớn tiếng nhất đối với các tuyên bố quyền hành của TQ trên tuyến hàng hải với hơn 3000 tỉ đô đi qua mỗi năm.

Sứ quán TQ không nói gì về lý do hủy bỏ cuộc họp, đã được lên lịch cho ngày thứ hai ở Manila, giữa Wang Yi của TQ và Phạm Bình Minh của VN.

Một quan chức TQ nói “họ đã gặp nhau”.  Bộ Ngoại Giao VN không trả lời yêu cầu giải thích. Tiếp tục đọc

Việt Nam cần đồng minh quân sự

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Việc Hội đồng Bảo an Liên Hợp Quốc (“HĐBA”) vừa thông qua nghị quyết do Mỹ đề nghị trừng phạt Bắc Hàn được xem là một thắng lợi lớn cho cộng đồng quốc tế trong vấn đề ứng xử với Bắc Hàn ngỗ ngáo và nguy hiểm. Đây cũng là một dấu hiệu cho thấy Trung Quốc đang cố gắng đi cùng Mỹ và cộng đồng thế giới: Trung Quốc không dùng quyền phủ quyết của mình tại HĐBA để chống lại mọi người.

TQ đột nhiên trở thành anh chàng tử tế và có trách nhiệm? TQ hiểu là một Bắc Hàn điên rồ có tự do là một đại họa cho thế giới? Tiếp tục đọc

UPDATED: A Brief History of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

Over the past three years, the U.S. and China have been at odds over the status of Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea and U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations.

The Origin of FON Ops
1979

The U.S. government initiated a Freedom of Navigation Program to contest “unilateral acts of other states designed to restrict the rights and freedom of the international community.” The program includes both maneuvers designed exclusively to challenge maritime claims the U.S. considers excessive, and operations with other purposes that incidentally challenge territorial claims. Tiếp tục đọc

Difficult negotiations for South China Sea code of conduct going forward: Vivian Balakrishnan

 
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (C) walks together with other ASEAN foreign ministers for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Aug 5, 2017. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/Pool/AFP)

MANILA: While ASEAN and China adopting a code of conduct framework on the South China Sea is “good news”, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan says he does not want to “trivialise how difficult negotiations will be going forward.”

ASEAN and China adopted the framework on Sunday (Aug 6), with leaders expected to announce the formal start of negotiations on the code of conduct at the ASEAN Summit in November.

“Overall, the tone was positive, the situation is calmer, although some claimant states still continue to have concerns, which were expressed and echoed in the joint communique,” Dr Balakrishnan told Singapore reporters after a day of meetings. Tiếp tục đọc

North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows ‘action’

al jazeera Aug. 7, 2017

Punishing measures are in ‘violent violation’ of North’s sovereignty, Pyongyang says, as it rejects offers of talks.

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings [Reuters]

North Korea has come out fighting following fresh UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang and after the United States and South Korea celebrated the punishing measures.

North Korea on Monday condemned the sanctions imposed in response to its weapons programmes, saying it would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the US.

The sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency, adding it would take “righteous action” in return.

China backs UN sanctions on North Korea as ASEAN summit held

“We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday a US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports from North Korea worth more than $1bn.

The triggering event late July, North Korea’s latest test of ballistic missiles, had the international community and experts concerned. Along with the North Korean government, they say the missiles can reach different parts of the US.

Top diplomats meet in Manila

Meanwhile, several Asian foreign ministers, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, are currently gathered in the Philippine capital, Manila, for an ASEAN regional summit. Tiếp tục đọc

UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

AL JAZREEZA Aug. 6, 2017

Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea, including banning $1bn in exports.

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programme.

The Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday the US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports worth more than $1bn. Tiếp tục đọc

CÓC CÓC CÓC

cập nhật lần cuối: Aug. 7, 2017 9:13am
 
Thông tin từ cuộc Họp các Ngoại trưởng ASEAN lần thứ 50 ở Manila, Phi Luật Tân, hồ hởi cho hay TQ đã thống nhất với ASEAN, chấp nhận khung của Code of Conduct (COC – Bộ Luật Ứng Xử ở Biển Đông), và mọi người hy vọng sẽ có thông báo về bắt đầu thảo luận và thương lượng chi tiết của COC vào cuộc Họp Thượng đỉnh ASEAN tháng 11/2017.

Đây có phải là một bước tiến đến đâu hay không, có lẽ là tùy thuộc 100% vào ASEAN muốn tiến đến đâu. Nhưng nếu phải đợi TQ, thì bước tiến có khả năng là zero hay dấu âm. Tiếp tục đọc

US flies B-1B bombers over Korean peninsula after missile test

Aunday, July 30, 2017 guardian

Japanese and South Korean jets join US in fly-by as American ambassador to UN, Nikki Haley, calls on China to act

A B-1B bomber
Two B-1B bombers, pictured here in 2015, fly over North Korea after region claimed another test of intercontinental ballistic missile. Photograph: Osama Faisal/AP

The US flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force on Sunday, as the US ambassador to the UN warned that China, Japan and South Korea needed to do more after Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. Tiếp tục đọc