SCSC - Following the visits to Vietnam by a number of US Senators, from 13th to 16th August 2014, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, visited Vietnam to discuss the future bilateral military cooperation. The visit by the Commander of the United States Army to Hanoi marked the recognition and completion of the process of normalization started by former President Bill Clinton in 1995.This visit to Vietnam of General Martin Dempsey came alongside news about the lift of the ban on lethal weapon sale to Vietnam which ended a period of sanction and paved way for the US to sell arms to Vietnam.
SCSC - After the incident that China placed its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam, various international analysts have assessed the gains and losses of this incident.Several international experts believe that China has lost more than what it has been gained. Some even have the opinion that China has only reaped “losses” in this case.
SCSC - “Considerably more dangerous internationally than Hong Kong or Tibet is the problem of the South China Sea… The Seventh Fleet needs to be strengthened sufficiently to guarantee continued free passage through the South China Sea and all Southeast Asian sea lanes”.
The words sound like they could have come from today’s headlines, especially after the recent BBC article, “Why is the US Navy Practicing for War with China?” [READ MORE]
SCSC - In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets.
As Shannon noted earlier today on China Power, Japanese officials now expect there to be a brief meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe during next month’s Asia - Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing. [READ MORE]
SCSC - After carrying out its land reclamation program in the disputed Paracel and Spratly islands, China is planning to establish its second air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, Moscow's Voice of Russia reported on Oct. 15.
China has recently published photos of airplane runways built on Woody island, the largest of the Paracel chain. It showed that that the PLA Air Force and Navy now have the capability to deploy fighters to the South China Sea. [READ MORE]
SCSC - Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung this week will lead a high - level delegation on a tour of three European countries and the Vatican. In addition to discussions on economic cooperation, security will also be on the agenda, with a focus on the South China Sea disputes and regional maritime security.
These issues have been determined as a priority in Vietnam - European Union (EU) cooperation by Vietnamese leaders, especially after China placed an oil rig off the coast of Vietnam last May. [READ MORE]
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 South China Sea disputes.
However, this behavior is simply a tactical maneuver aimed at “deluding” Hanoi’s leaders.
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]
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]
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]
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