SCSC - China’s withdrawal of the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig one month earlier than expected was done to make the authorities in Hanoi to harbor an illusion about the so - called “goodwill” of China in dealing with the East Sea disputes.

However, this behavior is simply a tactical maneuver aimed at “deluding” Hanoi’s leaders.

Vietnam's Extensive Strategic Partnership with Japan

SCSC - On August 1, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announced during his visit to Hanoi that Japan would provide Vietnam with six vessels to boost its capacity for maritime security.

A month earlier, it was reported that Japan’s Diet was also considering giving Vietnam Overseas Development Assistance in the form of new patrol boats for its maritime enforcement agencies. [READ MORE]

China’s Dangerous Game

SCSC - In the tranquil harbors that dot the coastline of Palawan, a sword - shaped island in the western Philippines, the ferry boats are crowded with commuters traveling back and forth between sleepy townships, and with vendors bearing fresh produce.

On Sundays, they fill with people dressed up for church. From nearby berths, fishermen set out to sea for days at a time aboard their bancas, the simple, low - slung catamarans they have favored for generations. [READ MORE]

U.S. Opposing China’s Answer to World Bank

SCSC - For almost a year, China has been pitching an idea to its neighbors in Asia: a big, internationally funded bank that would offer quick financing for badly needed transportation, telecommunications and energy projects in underdeveloped countries across the region.

With the public backing of President Xi Jinping and a pledge from Beijing to contribute much of the$ 50 billion in initial capital, the plan could be seen as an answer to critics who have long argued that China should take on greater responsibilities as a world power. [READ MORE]

Chinese Takeaway: Not So Coy

SCSC - The fact that the South China Sea was mentioned for the first time in a joint statement between India and the United States during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington has been widely noted.

The reference says more about India’s changing political attitude under Modi than New Delhi’s policy towards the maritime territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas between Beijing and its Asian neighbours, especially Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. [READ MORE]

60% of US navy, air force deployed in Asia Pacific by 2020 By Camille Diola

SCSC - The United States is positioning the bulk of its Air Force and Navy forces as well as its "best and most advanced equipment" in the Asia - Pacific region in six years despite budget constraints, US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

In a Pentagon report over the weekend, Work told a Washington - based think tank that a "geographically dispersed, operationally resilient [and] politically sustainable" posture is being sought. [READ MORE]

The Political Significance of American Lethal Weapons to Vietnam

SCSC - The establishment of an “implicit military partnership” between Vietnam and the U.S. has reached a critical juncture, as the U.S finally agreed to ease its lethal weapons embargo on Vietnam to improve maritime security during a recent visit to Washington by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

This movement showed that both sides have overcome some significant obstacles in their bilateral relationship. [READ MORE]

Strategic Adaptation: Why a New U.S. Strategy in the South China Sea Disputes is Needed

SCSC - “In order to secure its interests in the Asia - Pacific and particularly in the South China Sea, the United States is in need of redefining a new regional strategy towards the South China Sea dispute”.

At the July 2010 ASEAN Regional Forum, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed South China Sea as a U.S. “national interest”. [READ MORE]

Philippines, US marines conduct exercises near China - held reef

SCSC - Over 6,000 Philippine and US marines carried out a military exercise on a Philippine beach on Sunday (Oct 5) near a disputed reef occupied by Chinese ships which has become a potential regional flashpoint.

The American and Filipino troops, aboard five US amphibious, armoured assault vehicles landed on the deserted beach facing the South China Sea in the latest in a series of combat exercises that began on September 29. [READ MORE]

A new ara in U.S.-Vietnam relations

SCSC - In the words of Secretary of State John Kerry, no two countries "have worked harder, done more, and done better to try to bring themselves together and change history and change the future" than the United States and Vietnam.

Since the normalization of diplomatic ties in 1995, U.S.-Vietnam relations have taken giant steps forward in nearly every area, from political and economic cooperation to expanding military and cultural ties. [READ MORE]

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