China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

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The US Navy regularly carries out such operations to challenge China’s vast claims to the South China Sea, where Beijing has turned reefs into militarised artificial islands. AFP/Ted ALJIBE

BEIJING: China said Wednesday (Oct 11) it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The US Navy missile destroyer Chafee entered into China’s territorial waters near the Sansha islands on Tuesday, according to Beijing’s foreign ministry. Continue reading “China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters”

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US warship sails near islands claimed by Beijing in South China Sea

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Filre photo of USS Chafee, a US Navy destroyer which operates 100 per cent on biofuel, sailing about 241 kilometres north of the island of Oahu during the RIMPAC Naval exercises off Hawaii. (REUTERS/Hugh Gentry)

WASHINGTON: A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday (Oct 10), three US officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. Continue reading “US warship sails near islands claimed by Beijing in South China Sea”

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam

Vietnamese heroes had three great victories against northern invaders on Bach Dang River

By Tuoi Tre News

October 7, 2017, 09:57 GMT+7

​U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam
Admiral Scott H. Swift is seen in front of a bed of iron-clad roles used in the Bach Dang battles.
Admiral Scott H. Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited a renowned historical site where great Vietnamese heroes turned back invading armies three times, in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong on Friday.

Admiral Swift, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador in Vietnam Ted Osius, toured the Bach Dang Giang (Bach Dang River) site, where iron-headed poles were placed under the waters during the great victories of Vietnam against invaders in three historic battles in the 10th and 13th centuries. Continue reading “U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander visits Battle of Bach Dang site in Vietnam”

239 freed fishermen back home tomorrow

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Update: October, 05/2017 – 10:44

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JAKARTA — The 239 Vietnamese fishermen freed by Indonesia are set to return home tomorrow.

A Vietnam News Agency report said yesterday that the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia had worked with competent localities authorities to complete procedures for repatriating the fishermen.

The fishermen’s handover was conducted yesterday at Batam Island, Indonesia. They were sent offshore of the island by three Indonesian vessels and then handed over to Việt Nam. Continue reading “239 freed fishermen back home tomorrow”

Vì sao Trung Quốc đổi chiến thuật ở Biển Đông?

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Thứ hai, 25/09/2017, 13:44 (GMT+7)
Biển đảoTrung Quốc đổi sang chiến thuật mới với khái niệm “Tứ Sa” không có nghĩa là nước này từ bỏ đường lưỡi bò.

Liên quan đến những yêu sách phi lý của Trung Quốc ở Biển Đông, Washington Free Beacon đưa tin, giới chức ngoại giao Trung Quốc vừa hé lộ cách diễn giải phi lý mới trong cuộc họp kín với phía Mỹ ở thành phố Boston vào ngày 28 và 29/8.

Cụ thể, Trung Quốc không còn tập trung vào cái gọi là “đường lưỡi bò”, mà chuyển sang vận dụng thủ đoạn gọi là “Tứ Sa”. Continue reading “Vì sao Trung Quốc đổi chiến thuật ở Biển Đông?”

ASEAN reps endorse VN East Sea code proposal

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Update: September, 24/2017 – 19:00

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh addresses the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (GA) in New York.VNA/VNS photo Hữu Hoàng
Viet Nam News NEW YORK — ASEAN foreign ministers have endoresed a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh for the ASEAN-China Summit in November to issue an official statement on the start of negotiations over a Code of Conduct for the East Sea. Continue reading “ASEAN reps endorse VN East Sea code proposal”

North Korea may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific: Foreign Minister

 
North Korea has shrugged off numerous sets of sanctions aimed at crimping its nuclear and missile programmes, and this month unveiled what it said was a working hydrogen bomb. (Photo: AFP/STR)

 

NEW YORK: North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, its foreign minister said on Thursday (Sep 21).

Ri Yong Ho was asked what leader Kim Jong Un might do after President Donald Trump warned that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if it was forced to defend itself or its allies. Continue reading “North Korea may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific: Foreign Minister”

Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: official

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A Japanese soldier walks past a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher deployed at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo. – AFP/VNA Photo

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TOKYO — Japan will Tuesday deploy an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, a defence ministry spokesman said, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island.
“We are deploying a PAC-3 system at about noon” to a base of the nation’s Ground Self-Defense Force in the southern tip of Hokkaido, said Kensaku Mizuseki.

Continue reading “Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: official”

A Blueprint for Fisheries Management and Environmental Cooperation in the South China Sea

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By | September 13, 2017
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This is the first product of the CSIS Expert Working Group on the South China Sea, which seeks to chart a feasible model for claimants to manage the maritime disputes.  

The South China Sea is one of the world’s top five most productive fishing zones, accounting for about 12 percent of global fish catch in 2015. More than half of the fishing vessels in the world operate in these waters, employing around 3.7 million people, and likely many more engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. But this vital marine ecosystem is seriously threatened by overfishing encouraged by government subsidies, harmful fishing practices, and, in recent years, large-scale clam harvesting and dredging for island construction.

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On the top, the relatively healthy but overfished reef flat surrounding Thitu Island; on the bottom, a reef flat approximately 1.5 nautical miles away destroyed by Chinese clam harvesters. Both photos dated February 2016, courtesy of John McManus.  Continue reading “A Blueprint for Fisheries Management and Environmental Cooperation in the South China Sea”

Lựa chọn của Hy Lạp

Thái Bình Thứ Bảy,  2/9/2017, 08:12 (GMT+7)

Du khách Trung Quốc trước trụ sở Quốc hội Hy Lạp. Ảnh: NYT

(TBKTSG) – Những đồng tiền đầu tư của Trung Quốc vào Hy Lạp – quốc gia Nam Âu, thành viên của Liên hiệp châu Âu (EU) mấy năm gần đây bị khủng hoảng kinh tế trầm trọng – đã bắt đầu sinh lợi nhuận, không chỉ tính bằng tiền bạc mà cả bằng ảnh hưởng chính trị ngày càng tăng của Bắc Kinh ở Hy Lạp và cả khối EU.

Trong cơn khủng hoảng kéo dài, Hy Lạp phải cầu xin sự trợ giúp của “bộ ba”, gồm EU, Ngân hàng Trung ương châu Âu (ECB) và Quỹ Tiền tệ quốc tế (IMF). Để được vay tiền cứu nguy, Hy Lạp phải thực hiện các biện pháp khắc khổ như tăng thuế, giảm trợ cấp xã hội, giảm biên chế và giảm lương công chức, tư nhân hóa tài sản quốc gia… dù phải đối mặt với làn sóng phẫn nộ của dân chúng. Giữa cảnh khốn quẫn đó, có một bàn tay chìa ra mà Hy Lạp khó mà từ chối: Trung Quốc. Continue reading “Lựa chọn của Hy Lạp”

China brushes off Vietnam protests over South China Sea drills

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China on Wednesday dismissed Vietnamese condemnation of its military live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea, saying it was acting within its sovereign rights.

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy patrol at Woody Island, in the Paracel Archipelago, which is known in China as the Xisha Islands, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

HANOI: China on Wednesday dismissed Vietnamese condemnation of its military live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea, saying it was acting within its sovereign rights.

China conducted the drills around the Paracel Islands, which Vietnam claims, prompting Vietnam to say it would “resolutely protect” its “legitimate rights’ through peaceful means.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing that China had done nothing wrong.

“We hope the relevant side can regard the drills calmly and reasonably,” he said, without elaborating.

China claims nearly all the South China Sea, through which an estimated US$3 trillion in international trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have claims.

Tension between China and neighbouring Vietnam is at its highest in three years over the disputed waters.

Vietnam suspended oil drilling in offshore waters that are also claimed by China in July under pressure from Beijing.

China has appeared uneasy at Vietnam’s efforts to rally Southeast Asian countries over the South China Sea as well as at its growing defence relationships with the United States, Japan and India.

(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Additional reporting by Christian Shepherd in Beijing; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Source: Reuters

Vietnam Slams China Over Military Drills In South China Sea

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China and Vietnam have long traded barbs over the strategic and resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of.

Vietnam Slams China Over Military Drills In South China Sea

Tensions have flared in recent months between the two countries over the disputed sea

Hanoi:  Vietnam has delivered a sharp rebuke to China over military drills in the South China Sea, the second such warning in a week as tensions rise between the countries over the disputed waterway.

China and Vietnam have long traded barbs over the strategic and resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of. Continue reading “Vietnam Slams China Over Military Drills In South China Sea”

US planning more regular South China Sea patrols: Report

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The US has conducted three “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea since January — the last one by the USS John S. McCain, a destroyer that collided with a cargo ship days later off Singapore, killing 10 sailors AFP/James Vazquez

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is planning to conduct more regular patrols in the South China Sea – as many as two to three a month – to assert freedom of navigation in disputed waters claimed by China, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday (Sep 1).

The newspaper said the aim is to create a more consistent posture to counter China’s maritime claims, rather than a more ad hoc approach favored during Barack Obama’s administration. Continue reading “US planning more regular South China Sea patrols: Report”