Tag Archives: Vietnam

Hanoi says will persistently protect sovereignty over East Vietnam Sea amid Beijing escalation

Vietnam will resolutely and persistently protect its authority and legitimate rights and interests in the sea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated at a regular press conference in the capital on Thursday. In response to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter’s question about whether Hanoi would apply more assertive measures to deal […]

Vietnam Adds Military Muscle as South China Sea Tensions Escalate

Vietnam was the world’s eighth-largest arms importer from 2011-2015, leaping from 43rd place in the previous five-year period MANILA—Rising tensions in the South China Sea have turned Vietnam into one of the world’s most active arms importers, with Hanoi buying more weaponry than wealthy neighbors South Korea and Singapore as it tries to counter China’s […]

Vietnam PM wants stronger U.S. role in South China Sea

Vietnam’s prime minister has urged a greater U.S. role in preventing militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the government said on Tuesday, in a rare call for Washington’s support to curb Beijing’s maritime expansionism. During a summit of Southeast Asian countries in California on Monday, premier Nguyen Tan Dung suggested to U.S. President […]

How Will New Subs Affect Vietnam’s South China Sea Strategy?

New subs might not be enough for Vietnam to defend its South China Sea claims. The fifth Kilo-class submarine procured for the Vietnamese People’s Navy (VPN) arrived at Cam Ranh Bay at the beginning of February. The Russian-built submarine started its journey from St Petersberg on the 16th of December on the Dutch-registered cargo ship […]

Beaten Up By China For Going Fishing

Vietnamese fishermen say they are being attacked by China with increasing regularity. Their boats have been rammed, equipment broken and crewmen beaten up. Vietnam accuses Beijing of trying to force them out of waters in the South China Sea where their families have fished for generations. As the breaking dawn casts a red-orange rim around […]

Philippines follows Vietnam in opposing China’s runway test

MANILA–The Philippine government said on Jan. 4 that like Vietnam, it opposes China’s recent test of a newly completed runway on one of seven islands Beijing has constructed in the disputed South China Sea. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the government was considering protesting China’s action, as Vietnam did, adding that the […]

Vietnam protests after China lands plane on disputed Spratly islands

Vietnam has formally accused China of violating its sovereignty by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built on an artificial island in a contested part of the South China Sea. Foreign ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said the airfield had been “built illegally” on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago, in territory […]

Russia opposes militarization of sea disputes, continues arms support for Vietnam

Russia has expressed its opposition to the militarization of the East Vietnam Sea situation and will keep providing military assistance for Vietnam in the future. Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vasilievich Vnukov hosted a press conference in Hanoi on Monday to review the results of the two countries’ comprehensive cooperation in 2015. Russia has every […]

Vietnam Reveals New Drone for Patrolling the South China Sea

Vietnam revealed its largest indigenous high-altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this December, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reports. According to local media reports, the prototype was completed at the beginning of November and will commence test flights over the South China Sea in the summer of 2016. The prototype is a joint project of […]

Vietnam ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh flags concerns over Chinese land reclamation in South China Sea

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